13 February 2017

Flytippers caught and issued with fines

CCTV cameras captured six separate incidents of flytipping in one night which has enabled the council to send the offenders fixed penalty notices totalling more than £600.

The flytippers were all dumping trade waste. The kinds of things being tipped included builders’ and plumbing waste and other packaging.

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the city’s environment committee, said: “We are using CCTV to help clear up hotspots and in areas where it would be hard to catch offenders who are dumping things at night. The technology shows the offence taking place and it makes it easier for our staff to detect where the waste has come from and issue fines.

“No community should have to live with flytipping. Our action aims to deter people from targeting locations and sending a tough message that there are no places to hide.”

Businesses using council bins will receive a fine of £110.00 and could face prosecution. Flytipping is a criminal offence and if caught, people can expect a fixed penalty of £300. Failure to pay can lead to prosecution, a criminal record and an unlimited fine.

The council is not releasing details of the locations until the deterrent has had the desired effect as offenders may move on to other sites in the city.