Crackdown on flytippers in Hertsmere
PUBLISHED: 22:51 07 April 2018
New regulations brought in to help combat flytipping across the Hertsmere borough have snared 26 offenders in the year since their introduction.
At this point last year, Environmental Health officers from Hertsmere Council had fined six people for illegally dumping small amounts of waste, but the figure has since increased fourfold.
The £300 fines, discounted to £200 if paid within 10 days, have been issued by officers for smaller scale flytipping in spots around the borough.
Among the items found were wooden tables, mattresses, grey bin bags, a chest of drawers, children’s bikes and a drinks machine.
The fines came into force at the start of last year after the council’s executive approved the new penalty notices.
The fines were introduced in order to help combat smaller scale flytipping, such as a few bags of waste or items of furniture. Previously, officers could only threaten perpetrators with court prosecution.
If the fines go unpaid, this could result in prosecution in a magistrates where the penalty is an unlimited fine and up to 12 months’ imprisonment.
At crown court, the penalty could be an unlimited fine and up to five years’ imprisonment.
Councillor Seamus Quilty, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “These fines have proved particularly effective since they were introduced at the start of last year and have enabled us to act quickly against flytippers who have not been disposing of their waste in the proper way.
“The increasing number of people being fined should act as a powerful deterrent to those considering dumping their rubbish around the borough.
“In the past, the only way to deal with these offences was by going through the courts.
“We will continue pursuing larger scale incidents of flytipping through the courts and these powers enable us to tackle all flytipping quickly and efficiently.”
Money from the fixed penalty notices is retained by the council and is used to cover the rising costs of removing and investigating flytipping.
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