Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) has installed nine new CCTV cameras in fly-tipping hotspots across the district to catch offenders.
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months’ imprisonment if convicted in a magistrates’ court. The offence can receive an unlimited fine and up to five years’ imprisonment if convicted in a crown court. There are also a number of other penalties, including fixed penalty notices and having a vehicle seized.
Anyone who undertakes work to a building, or hires a contractor or tradesperson to do so, has a duty of care to ensure that the waste is disposed of responsibly and legally.
Work could include the installation of a new kitchen, upgrading a workspace or having work done in a garden. Every householder, landowner, occupier or manager has a legal duty to ensure that a contractor or tradesperson is, or uses, a registered waste carrier. Householders can be fined up to £300 if they pass their waste to an unlicensed waste carrier which then fly-tips. To check if a waste carrier is registered, call 03708 506 506 or visit environment.data.gov.uk/public-register.
Cabinet Member for Community, Councillor Hazel Watson, said: “We take every incident of environmental anti-social behaviour extremely seriously. Fly-tipping is illegal. If a fly-tip is reported to us, we will work with our partners and contractors to clear the waste as quickly as possible and follow any leads with the intention of identifying and prosecuting the offender.”
“If you take recycling to a bring site and the bin is full, please do not leave it by the bin. This is also considered fly-tipping, and if caught you risk being fined.”
If you see a fly-tip happening, please call the police on 101. To report a fly-tip that has already happened, please visit www.molevalley.gov.uk, message MVDC on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, or call 01306 885001.