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Bedford Borough Council are focusing on tackling the main Enviro crimes, i.e. environmental offences, that affect our borough such as fly tipping, littering, dog fouling, graffiti and fly posting. Enviro crime offences are criminal offences.

The main aims of the initiative are:

  • to reduce fly tipping, littering, dog fouling, graffiti and fly posting in Bedford Borough
  • to raise awareness of these offences by campaigns and enforcement
  • to change attitudes & behaviour by highlighting these offences as socially unacceptable


Scroll down to see the results of our enforcement of environmental crimes such as Littering & Dog Fouling, and also for updates for the 'Why Would You' campaign.

In exercising any of its enforcement duties Bedford Borough Council adheres to its Environment & Sustainability Communities Enforcement Policy. This document has been prepared with having regard to the Enforcement Concordat; Good Practice Guide for England and Wales and the Principles of Good Enforcement Standards – Openness; Helpfulness; Complaints; Proportionality and Consistency.  


            Fly tipping GraffitiDropping litter in the street   Dog fouling in the streets and public areas


                        Displaying posters on walls, fences and posts etc. in the streetCleaning litter from the streetsWheelie bins


Reporting an Environmental Criminal Offence

If you see an environmental criminal offence being committed and wish to report it, you will need to provide as much information as you can which could be used as evidence and may enable us to prosecute. This can include but is not limited to:

  • A description of the offender & offence
  • A vehicle registration (if relevant)
  • Photographic evidence


You can remain anonymous, but without your help it will be more difficult to prosecute offenders. Your personal details will be treated as confidential but it may sometimes be necessary for witnesses to give evidence in court.Bedford LCS logo 

You can report a crime by:

  • Using our Online Form 
  • By Mobile Application: You can report any environmental offences by using Clean Streets Bedford. For further information, to report an offence or to download the App please use the above link.
  • Emailing the Environmental Services Helpdesk: callcentre@bedford.gov.uk  
  • Calling the Environmental Services Helpdesk on 01234 718060


Why Would You? - Enforcement Results & Prosecution News

Bedford Borough Council is taking action on those that commit environmental criminal offences. Below are offences and outcomes that have recently taken place in Bedford Borough:


Offences for 2014-2015

Fixed Penalty Notices & Cautions 2014 - 2015

Prosecutions 2014 - 2015

Offences from 2013-2014

Fixed Penalty Notices & Cautions 2013 - 2014

Prosecutions 2013 - 2014

Offences from 2010 to 2013

Fixed Penalty Notices & Cautions 2012 - 2013

Prosecutions 2012 - 2013

Prosecutions, Cautions & Fixed Penalty Notices - 2010 to 2012


Why Would You? Campaign Updates

'Why Would You' Landlord's Guide to Duty of Care (August 2014)

'Why Would You?' (July 2014)

'Why Would You?' Under 18s (July 2013) 

'Why Would You?' (May 2011)

Why Would You? - Enviro-Crime Campaign Material
Bedford Borough Council has an ongoing a “Why Would You?” campaign which is targeting environmental crimes such as Littering, Dog Fouling, Fly Tipping and Graffiti. Information and posters for this campaign can be found around the Borough and also on Council vehicles, including Rubbish Collection trucks. You would like to display campaign posters and join our fight to beat enviro-crime you can download them here:

Dog Fouling 'Why would you?' Poster

Littering 'Why would you?' Poster

Fly-tipping 'Why would you?' Poster

Graffiti 'Why would you?' Poster

Chewing Gum 'Why would you?' Poster

Dog Fouling 'Don't Leave It' Poster

Enviro-Crime Leaflet

'Why would you?' Kids Poster


Education thorough schools

Schools play a vital role in our community. We are inviting primary schools and secondary schools to get involved in the enviro-crime campaign and help us to spread the word about the importance of keeping the Borough clean.

Waste and Recycling

Community Volunteering