|Fly-tipping in Braypool Lane.|
The authority has been able to issue fixed penalty notices for fly tipping since May 2016 under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The maximum fine imposed by the council is currently £300.
Alternatively it can prosecute via the courts under the same legislation. The maximum penalty from a Crown Court is up to five years imprisonment or an unlimited fine.
The move is part of the city council’s drive to tidy streets and improve the environment. In February this year it started using contractors 3GS to issue fixed penalty notices for environmental offences. In the first six months they issued 1082 penalty notices, compared to just 80 in the whole of the 2014/15 financial year.
Environmental crimes common in the city range from flytipping, flyposting and littering to unauthorised distribution of leaflets. Businesses are causing problems illegally dumping refuse in communal waste or recycling bins, increasing the city’s waste and driving down recycling rates. All businesses are legally obliged to have a waste disposal contract with a licenced operator.
The council says it will respect people’s privacy but use CCTV in a very targeted way to tackle anti-social criminal behaviour at problem locations and help it to meet legal obligations to keep areas free of litter and refuse.
A report on the matter is going to the environment, transport and sustainability committee on October 11. It can be seen here among the agenda papers for the meeting.
Fly-tipper caught in the act by helicopter.
Another litter rant.