Woking Borough Council has a legal duty (so far as practicable) to clear litter and refuse from public places for which it is responsible, such as streets, parks, playgrounds and pedestrianised areas. If a piece of private land is littered, the owner should accept responsibility for clearing the litter.

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. Fully trained Woking Borough Council staff have powers to issue Fixed Penalty Notices to anyone caught littering an area. This offence carries an on the spot 75 penalty or prosecution through the court with a fine of up to 2,500.