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Six million cigarette butts are dropped on the City's streets every year and we spend £3.8 million cleaning it up, it's no small problem.

Dropping cigarette butts is littering and it is a criminal offence to drop litter in the street. No ifs. No butts.

Anyone caught dropping smoking related litter may receive an £80 Fixed Penalty Notice and attracts a maximum penalty of up to £2,500 and a criminal record for non-payment if found guilty of the offence in a magistrates court.

Find out more about how individuals and businesses can help to reduce smoking related litter in the City.

If you have been fined for dropping litter or cigarette butts, you can pay your Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) online

Individuals and smoking related litter

Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs)

Dropping litter, including smoking related litter, is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.  Street Environment Officers, Police Officers or a Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) can issue Fixed Penalty Notices if you drop litter. They can ask you for your name and address. It is an offence not to provide details or to provide false information. If you are convicted you can be find up to £1,000 in the magistrates' court.

If you have been issued an FPN you can pay online.

Need help quitting smoking?

The City & Hackney Primary Care Trust provides free advice and support for City residents and workers. As well as improving your health, quitting smoking will help you save money. If you smoke 20 cigarettes a day quitting will save you £176 a month (that's £2000 a year)!

For more details about the NHS Stop Smoking Service, visit the Smokefree City and Hackney website.

0800 169 1943

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Dispose of your cigarette butts responsibly

Use one of the 700 butt bins placed on walls and street lamps around the City or use a free City of London minibin (pocket ashtray pouch). You can get free minibins from:

Businesses and smoking related litter

Demonstrate your commitment by signing up to our Clean Streets Partnership

By signing up your business is demonstrating a commitment to reducing the amount of litter (including smoking related litter) on the City streets and keeping the environment a clean and safe place to work, live and visit.

The partnership is a voluntary agreement between your business and the City of London Corporation. It helps businesses identify how, when and where litter problems are arising and to work with the City's Street Environment Officers to resolve them.

Find out more about the Clean Streets Partnership

The Clean Streets Partnership Award

We want to recognise the efforts you make into maintaining high standards of cleanliness around your premises. As soon as you sign up, you are in with a chance to win an annual award. this will be presented at the Clean City Awards Ceremony held annually at the Mansion House.

Clean City Award Scheme

The Clean City Awards Scheme rewards businesses that demonstrate best practice and manage their waste responsibly. Become a member to take advantage of the benefits on offer.

Purchase a butt bin

Businesses in the Square Mile can help reduce smoking related litter by purchasing a butt bin. We have a range of butt bins to suit your particular premises if you would like to purchase one. Our officers can advise you on the best solution. For current prices and advice, please call our Contact Centre on 020 7606 3110 or email us at

Help your employees to stop smoking

The health of your employees is important. Encourage them to feel the benefits of living smoke-free by hosting a smoking cessation session. Call our Contact Centre on 020 7606 3110 or email to arrange for our experienced officers to deliver sessions at your premises.

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