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New maximum fine for fly-tipping set

Fly-tipping rubbish could now land offenders with a £1,000 fine.

Anyone caught out dumping their items in parks, roads, garage sites, or anywhere else illegally, will be handed a £1,000 fine, reduced to £500 if repaid within 10 days.

For anyone with items which can’t fit in their household bin, they can visit Chalvey Household Waste and Recycling Centre. It is free to use for household waste and it is open seven days a week.

Linda Corcoran, Resilience and Enforcement Lead, said: “There really is no excuse for fly-tipping rubbish. We know a lot of people feel fortnightly bin collections have contributed to the problem. However, most law-abiding residents will find a responsible way to reduce the waste they generate or dispose of any excess waste without the need to commit an environmental crime.

“Dumping your waste items for someone else to clear up is not acceptable and we have now set the maximum fine to £1,000 to act as a deterrent.

“We encourage everyone to think twice before fly-tipping, check that anyone they employ to dispose of their waste has a valid waste carrier’s licence, and visit the Chalvey HWRC to dispose of their excess waste.”

Previously the council did not specify a set amount for this type of crime and was tied to legislation to offer the default amount of £200. Now, the maximum level has been signed off by Cabinet and is in line with other local authorities.

For failure in Duty of Care, where checks for a valid waste carrier’s licence have not been made, or for allowing your waste to escape your control, the fine is £600, discounted to £400 if paid within 10 days.

To find out more about what Chalvey HWRC accepts, opening hours and details on the commercial waste transfer station, visit the council’s website.

To report fly-tipping, please use the online report form.


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