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Nuisance from accumulations of rubbish

We have certain powers to take action against owners or occupiers who deposit rubbish or allow it to build up or remain on their land.

Vermin

If piles of rubbish are attracting or harbouring mice or rats, we can take action under the Prevention of Damage by Pests Act of 1949. We can serve notice on the owner or occupier of the land, including buildings, to require them to take specified steps within a certain time to keep the land free of mice or rats.

Odour

If a pile of rubbish is causing an odour nuisance, we have powers under the Environmental Protection Act of 1990 to require the owner or occupier to deal with the problem. Usually, they would have to do this by removing the rubbish.

Flies

If piles of rubbish or manure are attracting flies that are materially affecting neighbouring properties, we have powers under the Environmental Protection Act of 1990 to require the owner or occupier to deal with the problem. Usually, they would have to do this by removing the rubbish.

Eyesores

We have no powers under the Environmental Protection Act of 1990 to deal with problems such as overgrown gardens, piles of inert matter (such asĀ old cars, builders rubble). However, planning controls may apply.

Business waste

If piles of waste are being deposited by businesses, contact the Environment Agency’s waste licensing unit.

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