Section 46

Plymouth City Council work hard to keep streets and lanes clear of  litter. To help with this, we advise residents on how to manage their waste, put the right things in the right bins, reduce waste and recycle more.

If you don't manage your waste correctly you might receive a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £400.

The legal bit

The Council as the Waste Authority can determine the method and arrangements for the uplift of household waste.

This is set out under Section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.   


If you don't manage your waste correctly you might receive a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £400.

What is a Section 46 Notice?

This is a legal notice advising you of the rules around managing your household waste here in Plymouth.  It tells you what to put in each container and how to present your waste for collection. All residents must comply with this (Section 46, Environmental Protection Act, 1990). The notice explains things like:

  • Where to present your waste for collection
  • What to do with your waste containers between collection days
  • How much waste you should present for collection

Why have I received this?

It doesn't mean you've necessarily done something wrong. It could be that there is an issue in your street or nearby and so a number of properties have been sent the notice as a reminder about what needs to be done to manage waste correctly. 

What do I need to do?

Read the notice carefully in case something has changed just to be sure that you haven't been doing something wrong by mistake.  If residents do not manage their waste according to the notice they may be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of up to £400 as set out below:

  • A Littering FPN is £100 – issued for small amounts of bagged or loose household waste.
  • A Fly Tipping FPN is £400 - issued for larger amounts of bagged waste or bulky items left out without an arranged collection.

You can find out more on our Environmental Crime page.

Where can I find more information and advice?

You can find advice about how to manage your waste here on the Council's website, and we've included a number of links below.

If you'd like to ask for further help or advice, you can contact one of our Recycling Officers using the form below.

Recycling Officer Contact Form