We are responsible for the provision and maintenance of litter bins within Erewash. We provide a wide range of litter bins to suit the needs of each area.

Litter bins are usually placed in areas of high pedestrian traffic and where a litter problem has been identified, particularly in the town centres, outside local shops and other high litter areas.  We also provide litter bins on Council owned Public Parks and Open Spaces.

All litter bins installed are dual-purpose bins and can be used for bagged dog waste as well as litter. 

Our street litter bins are for litter and should be not be used for household waste. The council provides household waste receptacles for this purpose.


We have dedicated crews who empty over 1,000 bins on regular schedules devised to ensure that no bin overflows.

If you wish to report a bin that is overflowing please contact us.

All of our litter bins are inspected regularly. If you notice that a litter bin has been moved or is damaged please contact us, we will endeavour to repair or replace the bin as quickly as possible.

What is litter?

Litter can be as small as a sweet wrapper, large as a bag of rubbish or it can mean lots of items scattered about. The Offence of Leaving Litter (section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990) says that if a person drops, throws, deposits or leaves anything so as to cause defacement in a public place, they could be committing a littering offence. So always put rubbish in a bin, or take it home.

Litter doesn't just disappear! If litter is not picked up, items will take many years to decompose.

  • Banana skins/fruit peelings - two years

  • Cigarette ends - two years

  • Drinks cans - 80 to 100 years

  • Plastic carrier bags - 100+ years

  • Plastic bottles - 100+ years 

What can I do if I see someone drop litter?

Please contact our Neighbourhood Warden Service by email n.warden@erewash.gov.uk.

Who should clear away litter?

Your local authority has a legal duty (so far as practicable) to clear litter and refuse from public places for which is it responsible such as streets, parks, playgrounds, tourist beaches and pedestrianised areas.

If a piece of private land is littered and is affecting the local environmental quality we will look to take enforcement actions using various legislation to ensure the land is cleared to satisfactory standard.

You can contact by:

email: Prideline@erewash.gov.uk 

Pride-line : 0115 850 8383 (24 hours confidential hotline).

Complete an on-line form through your "My Erewash" account.

For out of hours emergencies please call 0115 907 2244.

Erewash Borough Council

Erewash Borough Council, Town Hall, Wharncliffe Road, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5RP
0115 907 2244
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