New focus on fighting fly-tipping in 2021 by Rushcliffe Borough Council after securing partnership with Waste Investigations Support & Enforcement
More focus is to be put on tackling fly-tipping, waste offences, littering and dog fouling in Rushcliffe in 2021, thanks to a new partnership.
Rushcliffe Borough Council has teamed up with Waste Investigations Support & Enforcement (WISE) for a one-year trial to help find and, where necessary, prosecute those who flout the rules.
The new enforcement officers have the powers to issue fixed penalty notices to anyone contravening the rules, which includes businesses or the public.
It has already seen 14 fixed penalty notices issued for littering across the borough in its first few days, four fines for fly-tipping, a further 18 fly-tipping complaints investigated and over 20 businesses checked for their commercial waste arrangements.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s cabinet portfolio holder for neighbourhoods, Rob Inglis, said: “Fly-tipping, littering and dog mess is a real frustration for residents.
“At the heart of this issue is a need to tackle that minority of people who still believe it is okay to just dump their rubbish wherever they fancy.
“Dumping waste is anti-social behaviour and impacts on our environment. There is never an excuse to mess up our borough in this way.
“Working with WISE, their dedicated environmental crime officers will now be out there seven days a week issuing on the spot fines to those who are caught in the act or being traced back to them when items are found tipped.”
WISE Managing director John Dunne said: “Our aim is to reduce environmental crime for the long term and patrol the area in an intelligence-led manner, focusing our controls on identified hotspots received from the complaints and feedback of the general public.
Anyone caught fly-tipping can be issued with a £400 fixed penalty notice or if they are observed littering or failing to pick up after their dog’s waste, will be issued with an on the spot £100 fine.
Failure to pay a fixed penalty notice may result in prosecution being brought and a much higher fine being imposed by the court as well as a potential criminal record.
ROB INGLIS is pictured with Rex Walker, Gotham ward councillor, in Thrumpton, one location that has suffered fly-tipping issues, and WISE representatives.