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Hundreds discover how council deals with litter and fly-tipping offences

Published on Monday, 31st July 2023

Staff advising shoppers about littering

More than 300 members of the public heard first-hand how the Council’s Environmental Enforcement Officer deals with the offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

He and a member of enforcement contract company District Enforcement were available at a stall at Nuneaton Market earlier this month, speaking to and educating people in a bid to reduce these offences.

The team spoke to a total of 312 shoppers, handed out 182 cigarette pouches, 243 District Enforcement leaflets, 200 Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council litter awareness leaflets and 151 dog pouches.

They also handed out leaflets explaining the offences that the authority covers along with education of the impact of littering.

It follows two similar and highly successful events in August and December last year, which saw hundreds of Borough residents visit the stall and a further one will be held towards the end of this year in Nuneaton.

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 covers all fly-tipping incidents, both business and residential, waste contracts and Duty of Care offences for businesses and all littering offences for members of the public.

The Council’s Environmental Enforcement Officer also has powers to investigate and prosecute under the Highways Act 1980 for fly-posting and dog fouling.

Portfolio Holder for Public Services at Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Cllr Sue Markham, said:

"Our environmental enforcement team do a fantastic job dealing with litter and fly tipping and it was good to see that so many people visited the stall.

"It's just very disappointing that some people think it's acceptable to discard their rubbish around the Borough in the first instance, instead of disposing of it properly."