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Fly-tipping crack-down in Nuneaton and Bedworth

Published on Thursday, 20th August 2020

Fly-tipping is the dumping of waste illegally; whether it’s a single refuse bag left next to a bin or a large amount of household waste, such as appliances and furniture.

It is a criminal offence to tip waste on land without permission and it is punishable by prosecution or the issuing of a fixed penalty notice (FPN).

The Council’s enforcement officers, who are contracted, in partnership with 3GS, are working hard to ensure those responsible for fly-tipping in our Borough are caught and face action. Since the start of August 2020, Environmental Enforcement officers have issued 4 fixed penalty notices in relation to fly-tipping in the Borough. Fines in relation to littering or fly-tipping carry fees of £100 and £400 respectively.

CCTV cameras will soon be installed in the Borough with the aim of deterring and catching fly-tippers. Residents will also soon see signage on some of our waste fleet as part of an ongoing campaign to crack down on fly-tipping.

Cllr Jill Sheppard, Portfolio Holder for Central Services and Refuse said:

“We take environmental waste crime very seriously and hope that our ongoing enforcement action and campaign will make future offenders think twice before irresponsibly dumping waste in Nuneaton and Bedworth. Not only is fly-tipping harmful to people's health and the environment, but it also costs taxpayers thousands of pounds each year to clear. The Council is dedicated to taking any necessary enforcement action against those responsible for waste crime.”

As well as all other waste left in areas open to the air, items and bags left beside street bins, recycling banks, on the floor of communal bin areas, outside charity or other shops are all classed as illegal fly-tipping. If bins and banks are full, or if the shop is closed, you should always take your items away with you, do not leave them for someone else to clear.

Anyone caught fly-tipping or found to be responsible after investigation, will either be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) or prosecuted for the offence. An FPN is issued to someone who has committed an environmental offence and offers offenders an opportunity to waive a prosecution in court by paying a penalty fee.

The Council offers an affordable bulky waste collection service to it’s residents, you can book or find out more information about the service, here. Residents can also use Judkins, the household waste and recycling centre (prior appointment booking required), find more information at www.warwickshire.gov.uk/judkins.

If you have evidence relating to a fly-tipping crime in the Borough, you can report it to us online: www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/flytipping