Fines of £300 are to issued for illegal fly-tipping.
Bedford Borough Council has introduced a new Fixed Penalty Notice to tackle the problem of flytipping two-thirds of fly-tipped waste of which is made up of is household waste
To crack down on the problem, a new £300 Fixed Penalty Notice has been introduced to target culprits.
If an individual is disposing of household waste, they have a ‘duty of care’ to ensure they are using a licensed waste carrier so that the waste
is disposed of correctly. If they do not, and the waste is fly-tipped the individual who created the waste will be fined, alongside the person who
committed the fly-tipping.
Bedford Borough Council cited a case where residents wanted to clear some rubbish from their garden. They were quoted
£100 for the waste to be cleared by a third party, who then dumped it in an alleyway just a few metres away.
Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “It is irresponsible to allow an unauthorised individual to get rid of your waste, as it can end up being fly-tipped and be a
blight on our local environment.
“We would ask everyone to work with us as we crack down on fly-tipping across Bedford Borough. The best way to do this is to always ensure that you
are disposing of any household waste correctly; with a licensed waste carrier and to get a ‘Waste Transfer Note’.
“Otherwise, if the waste is later found fly-tipped you can be held responsible and what may have seemed like a great deal can go extremely sour with a
fine of £300.”
This new Fixed Penalty Notice follows the Government’s introduction of a Fixed Penalty Notice for breaches of the household waste duty of care.