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Fines issued for fly-tipping in Nuneaton and Bedworth

Published on Thursday, 20th May 2021

Fly0tippers beware - we are watching you!

In recent weeks dozens of fixed penalty notices (fines) have been issued to those responsible for fly-tipping in a bid to tackle waste crime in the Borough.

Our environmental enforcement team have issued fines to 68 individuals since February, relating to fly-tipping incidents in various locations across the Borough. The £400 penalty notices for fly-tipping are currently reduced to £200 if paid within 10 working days.

We are so dedicated to tackling fly-tipping in our Borough, that if those responsible refuse to pay their issued fines, they are taken to court. The Council’s Waste and Legal teams are currently collating several prosecution case files in relation to fly-tipping where fines remain unpaid. If taken to court and found guilty, fly-tippers face unlimited fines and a potential criminal record.

Cllr Kyle Evans, Portfolio Holder for Public Services said:

“Under new leadership, this Council will get tough on those who illegally dump waste across our Borough, delivering on our Manifesto Commitment on getting tough on those responsible for crime and grime. A zero tolerance approach is just the start of our comprehensive plan of vision, ambition and aspiration to crack down on fly-tippers.”

In March 2021, a Barnsley fly-tipper was taken to court by Barnsley MB Council and subsequently found guilty of the offence. He was sentenced to a 12-month Community Order and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £1000 in costs to BMBC. This serving as a stark reminder of how serious a crime fly-tipping is, and is regarded as such in a court of law.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, fly-tipping cases have increased across the UK. Whilst Nuneaton and Bedworth has not seen increases on the same scale as some authorities, fly-tipping has unfortunately been on the rise. Fly-tipping consists of any, and all, waste; white goods, general household waste, commercial waste, food waste etc and it is criminal offence.

Our waste collection and environmental enforcement teams work hard to monitor hot-spot areas, working together to collectively investigate, action and clear fly-tipping as soon as possible. On average it takes our teams 5 days to action cases, unless the fly-tipping has taken place on a road requiring traffic management, in which case it takes longer. We also rely upon reports of fly-tipping and witness information from the public to action, which can be completed online www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/flytipping

It is an illegal act to dump waste and every householder and business owner has a duty of care to ensure that their waste is managed responsibly. Household waste can be disposed of within household bin collections or taken to Judkins household recycling centre (or other centre’s). The household recycling centres are managed by Warwickshire County Council and are free to use, residents are just required to book a slot beforehand – visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/judkins. The Council also offers a bulky waste collection service, be sure to book in advance as the service is well used.

Householders who give their waste to a third party to dispose of, are still responsible for their own waste and if it is found dumped; both the waste owner and the third party face fines of up to £400 or prosecution.

Businesses should have a waste collection contract in place or be able to prove their waste has been disposed of lawfully if challenged by an authorised enforcement officer. Businesses can use approved household recycling centres on a “pay to use” basis.

There are no excuses for waste crime; we take a zero-tolerance approach to both fly-tipping and littering - and our staff and the majority of our residents work hard to keep Nuneaton and Bedworth clean and green for everyone to enjoy.

To report fly-tipping visit www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk/flytipping- you can also report any evidence or details witnessed within the report.

To book a slot at one of the household waste and recycling centre’s visit – www.warwickshire.gov.uk/hwrc

To get a commercial waste collection quote from Coventry Waste Solutions visit www.coventry.gov.uk

To find out more about waste crime and the work we, and our partners 3GS, do, visit – www.nuneatonandbedworth.gov.uk street cleaning and enforcement pages

Do not use third parties for waste disposal unless they hold the correct licenses. To check if a third party has a waste carriers license, visit https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers