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Fly-tipping hits four-year low in Rushcliffe thanks to crack down with nearly 100 fines

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Nearly 100 fines for fly-tipping have been handed out to those blighting local areas by a council since the start of 2021.

Rushcliffe Borough Council's action on fly-tipping has increased dramatically, with the authority reporting a four-year low in the amount of illegal waste dumping cases.

The reduction is thanks to a crack down on fly-tipping between the borough council and Waste Investigations Support & Enforcement (WISE), an enviro-crime enforcement agency.

Fly-tipping in Rushcliffe has hit a four-year low. (53218072)
Fly-tipping in Rushcliffe has hit a four-year low. (53218072)

This tougher stance has resulted in 81 fixed penalty notices at £400 each being issued since January to those found to have deposited waste illegally, and a further nine fines for householders or businesses handing over to non-registered carriers who have subsequently dumped items.

Residents and businesses are reminded to check that any company or individual they employ to dispose of their waste holds the relevant Trade Waste Carrier licence to avoid unwanted goods contributing to fly-tips, or they could be fined themselves.

This can be completed by them showing the relevant licence in person and checking it with the Environment Agency’s listings of registered businesses here.

Fly-tipping in Rushcliffe has hit a four-year low. (53218066)
Fly-tipping in Rushcliffe has hit a four-year low. (53218066)

The council’s environmental enforcement operation operates across the borough seven days a week, actively investigating potential breaches. Its partner Streetwise has also continued its work to quickly clear fly-tips found to be blighting the borough.

Bins and signage from the council also now instruct motorists to ‘bin it, don’t dump it’ at lay-bys in the area, is also backing up continued surveillance on trade waste and household items being dumped on roads and verges, and monitoring sites to catch those in the act.

Rushcliffe Borough Council’s portfolio holder for environment and safety Rob Inglis said: “The message and statistics are clear we will not tolerate fly-tipping anywhere in Rushcliffe.

“We will continue to take strong action against anyone who does not dispose of their waste responsibly or householders and businesses who do not check who they employ to take their waste away. There are local facilities to dispose of waste and unwanted items easily.

“Fly-tippers are warned we are watching you. We are determined to keep investigating each fly-tip for evidence to actively pursue offenders. We will not hesitate to prosecute and will use our powers to seize and destroy any vehicles involved.

“Residents, please always check that anyone you use to take items away from your home is a registered waste carrier by requesting to view the appropriate Environment Agency licence or you too could face a fine.

“Please be our extra eyes and ears and report any suspicious fly-tipping activity at www.rushcliffe.gov.uk.”

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