Clamping down on fly-tipping this Christmas
Ref: PR 8441
Wakefield Council is continuing to get tough on fly-tippers in the district.
In November alone, the Council dealt with 192 incidents of fly-tipping. In 62 of the cases, they were able to identify which property the fly-tipping came from and issued warnings to these properties. Legal action is also being taken against another 22 of the incidents.
Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member of Environment and Communities, said: "On average, we are dealing with 200 incidents of fly-tipping a month across the district. The perpetrators are committing a serious criminal offence and we will do all we can to catch those responsible. As well as being a blight on our communities, it is costing the Council a significant amount of time and money to clean-up and investigate.
"Over the festive period we urge residents to remain vigilant against illegal carriers that may fly-tip your rubbish. Residents have a duty of care to check that your waste is being disposed of by a registered carrier."
Today (Tuesday 20 December) the Council's Cabinet has also approved plans for Fixed Penalty Notices of £400 to be issued for small scale fly-tipping. The fine will be reduced to £300 if it is paid in full within 10 days.
Cllr Cummings added: "I am delighted that we are now able to take immediate action against fly-tippers. These fines will send out a clear message to perpetrators that it will not be tolerated in our district and we will take action against those that do.
"We ask anyone that witnesses fly-tipping to report it, either on the Council's website or by calling 0345 8 506 506."
The Council will still always look to prosecute for more serious and larger fly-tipping offences through the courts, which can see the offender face a maximum prison sentence of five years and/or an unlimited fine. If Fixed Penalty Notices are not paid, the Council will then prosecute the offender.
Residents can report the offenders of fly-tipping, giving a description of the vehicle and registration number, by calling 0345 8 506 506, or on the Council's website at www.wakefield.gov.uk/flytipping
Household Waste Recycling Centres are opening over the festive period. For details of opening times visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/Xmas Most larger supermarkets also have recycling facilities on site.
Details of registered waste carriers can be found at https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/index