‘Don’t Be A Tos53r’ is a new campaign launched in partnership with Keep Britain Tidy aimed at
those who toss their rubbish out of car windows.

Research published by Keep Britain Tidy shows that a third of people (33%) do not know that the registered keeper of a vehicle can now be fined if someone in their car or van throws rubbish out of it.

‘Don’t be a TOS53R’ has been designed to send a hard-hitting message to drivers and their passengers that our roads are not one giant litter bin and that the owner of a vehicle can be fined up to £100 if rubbish is seen being thrown out of a car window.

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “The mindless act of tossing plastic bottles and fast-food wrappers out of car windows is doing damage to our environment and our wildlife. We need to get the message out there that being a tosser is socially unacceptable and, regardless of who throws the rubbish, if it comes out of your vehicle you are responsible.”

#DontBeAToss53r video by Georgie Clark

New rules came into force in April 2018 to allow local authorities to fine the registered keeper of a vehicle if litter is seen being thrown from the vehicle. This means they no longer have to prove who threw the rubbish. To report litter thrown from a vehicle please contact Dorset Waste Partnership using the eform in the link on the left. Please provide as much information as possible and consider the below.

  • Do you have the make, model, colour and registration number of the vehicle?

  • Do you have any dash cam footage?

  • Would you be willing to make a witness statement?

Get Involved!

Litter Free Dorset would like to invite everyone to support the Don’t Be A Tos53r campaign.

1. Follow the campaign via social media @LitterFreeDrst Share, Like, Comment! #DontBeATosser

2. Collect a Don’t Be A Tosser window sticker from Litter Free Dorset. Collect from County Hall in Dorchester or get in touch and we’ll post one to you!

3. Report any litter that you see being ‘tossed’ from a car window!