Residents advised on flytipping rules

25/07/2017, PR8615

​Residents are being advised to make sure they understand the rules around flytipping – to avoid receiving a fine or being prosecuted by Wakefield Council.

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​The illegal dumping of items such as garden waste, building rubble and old furniture can blight communities and be expensive to clean up.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

​Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities at Wakefield Council, said: "We need to ensure that anyone who dumps waste is very clear that if they are caught they will face costly consequences. I'd ask residents to continue to support us by reporting any incidents that they see.

"We have a network of CCTV cameras to help us catch offenders and are determined, that within the resources we have, to pursue and prosecute anyone who is dumping items illegally."

She added: "It's clear that we all have a responsibility, which most people are aware of, to ensure we dispose of our waste items safely and in the right way."

The Council is reminding people that unless a builder, carpet fitter, scrap man or other tradesperson is a registered waste carrier, there is a risk they may take away an item and dump it illegally.  If they do this, the householder who owned the items is at risk of a £5,000 fine, as they are responsible for their items being disposed of properly.

People are being urged to take their waste to a recycling centre or use the Council's bulky collection service.

Items can be donated to charity if they are in good working order and some charities will collect for free.

Since April the Council has issued six Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) with a fine of £400, to people who were caught illegally disposing of unwanted items.

The Council has also issued fines to two people of £200 for carrying waste without a licence in this time period.

 For more information see: www.wakefield.gov.uk/flytipping

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