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‌Leaving or throwing litter in a public place is an offence which can be subject to an "on the spot fine" of €150 and maximum fine of €3,000 on conviction in the District Court. A person convicted of a litter offence may be required by the Court to pay the Council's costs and expenses in investigating the offence and in bringing the prosecution.

Report littering

Alternatively you can email us at customerservice@westmeathcoco.ie or call us on our free phone number 1800 819 000.

Public Litter Bins

Public litter bins are maintained by the Mullingar Municipal District and Athlone Municipal District.

Please support your local area by keeping it litter free. Tidy Towns groups and Local Authority staff need your support for a united front to tackle litter.

Remember, it is an offence to dump household (municipal) waste in or around public litter bins. 

Please contact us on 044-933 2000 with any queries or issues about public litter bins. 


Fly-tipping is illegal and anyone who dumps anything on land (public or private) is committing an offence and may be fined. The Council's Litter Control Team can issue a Fixed Penalty fine to any person who fly tips.

Flytipping / dumping waste is illegal and therefore anyone caught is committing a serious offence and can be prosecuted.

Report fly-tipping

You can email us at customerservice@westmeathcoco.ie or call us on our free phone number 1800 819 000.

Litter Management Plan

The Litter Management Plan recognises that the problem of litter will not be eradicated unless a multi-dimensional approach is taken. Every sector must be involved in tackling the litter problem, the public as well as the businesses and the local authority. While there is a growing awareness of the importance to keep westmeath litter free, there is still a need to change attitudes and recognise that litter is anti-social. At one level such a change can be achieved by the heightening of awareness of littering, its causes and its consequences. At another level stringent enforcement through on-the-spot fines and prosecutions may be required.

The plan sets out realisable and measurable objectives for the following:

  1. Education and Awareness
  2. Provision of Waste Facilities
  3. Litter Management: Monitor occurrences and to deal with the consequences of littering
  4. Litter Prevention and Enforcement

Draft Litter Management Plans 2020-2022 for the Municipal District of Athlone-Moate and the Municipal District of Mullingar-Kinnegad