Thu, 26 May 2016
Hounslow Council’s war against ‘enviro crime’ is stepping up a gear following the introduction of £400 fines for anyone caught fly tipping.
Fly tipping, more commonly known as dumping, involves illegally leaving items such as white goods, such as fridge/freezers, household furniture or rubble on public or private land.
Previously, councils had to resort to costly and often lengthy court action to prosecute those caught in the act.
The new powers, introduced this month by the government, will allow council’s to hand out on-the-spot fixed penalty notices of £400 to businesses and individuals.
Councillor Sue Sampson, Cabinet Member for Community Protection, Hounslow’s cabinet member for Hounslow Council, said: “Dumping rubbish is enviro crime and inexcusable. It makes our borough look like a public tip, can cause an obstruction on the streets and is costly to remove.
“These on-the-spot fines will hit fly tippers where it hurts – in the pocket. Our enforcement team have been told to take a no-holds-barred approach to dealing with this issue. They will be actively seeking to identify those who have fly tipped and issue fines where there is evidence to do so.
“Let this action be a warning to those considering to dump rubbish on our streets; we are watching you, you will be caught and you will be fined.”
The council’s enforcement team have been visiting businesses to ensure they have valid commercial waste agreements in place for the disposal of their rubbish. Those who fail to provide this legal paperwork will see themselves fined £400 if they are caught dumping their rubbish.
The £400 fine is discounted to £250 if payment is made within ten days. The £80 fixed penalty notices for grime crime, including littering and feedingbirds still apply, with a reduced fee of £65 for early payment.
In the most serious circumstances, the council will continue to take legal action against fly tippers through the courts.