Fly-tippers Face New Stiffer Penalty for Dumping Rubbish

H&F Council to introduce £400 maximum fine later this year

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A new stiffer penalty is being introduced for people caught dumping their waste in the borough.

Later this year H&F Council will agree a new maximum fine of £400, double the current amount.

In 2018 the council announced a new £200 fixed penalty notice for flytipping, which came into force late last year.

The council says these fines have been used alongside the council’s extensive CCTV network to catch people who choose to dump their waste on our streets.

This month, local authorities were also given new powers to issue 400 fines to households who pass their waste on to unlicensed carriers, which then flytip it. The aim is to ensure households avoid using rogue waste carriers.

"This new level of fine shows we will not tolerate people who indiscriminately blight our borough with rubbish," said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment.

"Removing unsightly flytips is an unnecessary burden on the taxpayer and hopefully this fine will help us stamp it out.

"However, to protect socially excluded residents and small businesses we will approach each incident on a case by case basis, and issue this maximum fine where there is clear evidence of abuse."

So how should you dispose or your waste?

If you’ve got large items, such as furniture or kitchen goods you need to get rid of, there are various options available.

Firstly, if your items can be reused, there are various charities or other organisations who will take, or collect them, and give them a new life.

You can find out more information about this on reduce and reuse pages of H&F Council's website.

Alternatively, if your items need to be disposed of, you can book a bulky waste collection.

The council says for £25.65, it will collect up to ten items, so it suggests using a social network like Nextdoor to ask your neighbours if they have anything they need to dispose of, and then share the cost.

February 4, 2019