Wiltshire Council is stepping up its camera operations in a bid to catch fly tippers in the county.Cameras will be deployed at known hotspots to help tackle this anti-social and criminal activity.
The illegal deposit of waste, or fly tipping, as it is commonly known, is a criminal offence which leaves the offender liable to a maximum fine of £50,000 and up to six months imprisonment.
Between the months of January to April 2016, Wiltshire Council received 1,111 reports of fly tipping. Along with current enforcement initiatives, enforcement officers will deploy the cameras in an attempt to catch the fly tippers in the act and reduce this activity which is a blight on the local environment.
This increase in enforcement action comes at the same time the government is introducing a new fixed penalty notice for fly tipping offences, which is now in place, under the Unauthorised Deposit of Waste (Fixed Penalties) Regulations 2016. This fixed penalty adds another enforcement option as an alternative to bringing a prosecution; meaning that the range of penalties available for fly tipping are effective, proportionate and dissuasive. This fixed penalty of up to £400 will be an added tool in deterring would-be fly tippers.
Philip Whitehead Cabinet Member for Highways & Transport said: “We are going to crack down on this illegal activity as we hear many complaints about those who fly tip and litter our roads and countryside.
“This proactive course of action will add to the sterling work that our enforcement officers do to combat these crimes. The financial penalties for ignoring the law are severe and our hope is that the work we’re doing will see the problem reduce significantly.”
The council recommends using the My Wiltshire app for all reports as these will be passed direct to enforcement officers for assessment which will ensure these fly tipping incidents are investigated promptly. Alternatively, please telephone the main council number 0300 456 0100 to report the incident and a member of the Customer Service Team will complete the report in the ‘My Wiltshire’ system.