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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans for our places and open spaces

Litter, street cleaning and fly-tipping


We take great pride in keeping Stockton Borough a clean and pleasant place to live and visit.


What we do

  • All residential streets receive a litter-picking visit every week and a mechanical sweeper every five weeks.
  • Main shopping areas are cleaned more often with Stockton High Street, Billingham and Thornaby Town Centre being cleaned after each market day.
  • We carry out other works to keep the Borough tidy including weed spraying, strimming overgrown vegetation and clearing becks.
  • We remove graffiti although the service is chargeable if the graffiti is on private property. We will respond to any additional cleansing requests that we receive and in most cases complete the job within 48 hours.
  • We will issue an instant fine of £70 to anyone found littering. 
  • We will remove rubbish that is dumped on the public highway, including Parks and Open Spaces. We can remove waste from private property although we can only do this with the permission of the owner and a charge would be levied. We aim to remove dumped rubbish within 24 hours, although where a large amount of waste has been dumped, we may need to programme the work, which may take a while longer to arrange (e.g. if specialised vehicles are required for the task.)
  • We aim to respond to requests for the removal of needles and syringes within two hours. Please do not pick up needles and syringes or anything else related to drugs, unless it poses an immediate danger to you or other residents.

  • You can contact us to remove the items on 01642 391959 (the line is open till 5:30pm Monday to Friday) and you can call the Out of Hours Emergency number on 01642 528989. 



Illegal dumping, also called fly tipping is the dumping of waste illegally instead of using an authorised method such as kerbside collection. Fly tipping is a criminal offence, contrary to Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The waste is usually dumped to avoid the cost of disposing of it correctly and can significantly harm the environment. The maximum penalty for fly tipping can be a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates Court. The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court. 

Anyone caught fly tipping in Stockton on Tees could also soon face an on-the spot penalty of £400.00. The introduction of a fixed penalty notice for fly-tipping is the latest move in a government crackdown on waste crime, which costs the economy millions of pounds a year in clean-up costs, undermines legitimate business and poses a serious risk the local environment in our communities and open spaces.

The law also imposes a duty on householders to ensure that the waste they produce, is disposed of correctly. This includes ensuring that those employed to take away rubbish are registered and dispose of the waste in the correct way. More information can be found by visiting the website.

You can report litter and fly tipping to our Care for your Area team, in confidence, on 01642 391959 or via email at All instances of environmental crime are investigated by the Civic Enforcement Service.

More information on fly tipping and its effects can be found by visiting the website.