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Portsmouth City Council already brings together groups, individuals, communities and organisations to improve local neighbourhoods, making where we live, work and play the kind of place we really want it to be.

What we do together is fundamental to achieving a cleaner, greener city - one of the council's priorities. Here's how you can help reduce litter, dog waste and graffiti on our streets.

Visit Green Neighbours for further information.

Anyone dropping litter in a public place is committing a crime with a fine of £50 - £80. If the fine isn't paid, a magistrates' court can impose a fine of up to £2,500.

You could get involved in one of the campaigns supported by the council, such as the Big Tidy Up run by Keep Britain Tidy, and extend your event to more than litter picking. Often community groups use a Big Tidy Up litter pick as a starting point to renovate an area, such as a local park or community centre. 

It is every dog owner's duty to clean up after their dog and there are no excuses - fouling is unacceptable. It is an offence for dog owners not to clean up after their dog on roads, footpaths, school playing fields, sports fields and parks. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to £1,000. It is no defence to claim ignorance of the dog's actions.

Dog owners should always carry plastic bags or poop scoops, easily bought from local pet shops, to clear up after their dog. Remember to take a bag or poop scoop just like you remember a lead!

The council maintains nearly 1,000 dog bins and more than 3,000 litter bins in the city.

Bagged dog mess can be put in any of them. If there’s no bin around, take it home with you and put in your household rubbish. Rain will not wash the problem away.

If you have a garden, encourage your dog to go there before you go out, so you can bury or bin the mess.

Never let your dog roam alone on the streets to 'go to the loo'. 

Graffiti is any illegal marking to walls and other hard surfaces. Although there are many types of graffiti, including the sort of artwork by artists such as Banksy, by far the most prevalent graffiti on our streets is juvenile scribbles, scratchings and etchings, which can often be offensive in nature.

The council's roads and highways contractor, Colas, will usually remove graffiti from public buildings or monuments. In some cases Colas may also be able to help you with graffiti on private buildings.

Portsmouth City Council hosts a legal graffiti wall for graffiti artists or writers, near the Fratton Park football stadium.

Follow the link for more information on graffiti from Keep Britain Tidy. 

To help us catch someone failing to pick up after their dog and fine them, we need as much information as possible, such as:

  • times when the offence(s) took place
  • description of the dog and owner
  • address they are seen entering or leaving
  • vehicle registration.

You can report the above offences using our online Environmental issues form

Most owners in the city are responsible and pick up after their dogs. But some still fail to clean up their pets’ mess.

If there are people who walk their dogs down your street and don't clean up after them, let irresponsible owners know that you’re aware of them and their responsibility to clean up after their dog by downloading the poster below and putting it in your front window.

Only display these posters on your own property.


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