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Fly-tippers in North East Lincs fined more than £18k

Fly-tippers in North East Lincs fined more than £18k

Fly-tippers in North East Lincs fined more than £18k

As part of a crack-down on fly-tipping and littering, North East Lincolnshire Council have caught and prosecuted more than 50 people this year.

Environmental Enforcement Officers have issued a total of 56 fines for waste related offences, amounting to £18,300 this year alone.

Of the 56, 43 people were fined £400 for fly-tipping and another 11 were fined £100 for littering.

An additional seven cases are due to be heard in court.

Most of the fly-tipping offences happened at the area’s ‘bring to’ recycling banks.

Although they are intended for paper and card, plastic bottles, and glass bottles and jars, people are dumping other rubbish at them including garden waste and bags of household rubbish.

All recycling banks carry signs clearly showing what goes in each bin.

Signs also say what to do if the bins are full and warn people they face a fine if they dump rubbish illegally.

If the bins are full, people should return later or use the Community Recycling Centres (CRC or the tip) in Grimsby or Immingham, both of which are now operating with restrictions.

The council have warned that everyone has a legal obligation to make sure household or business waste is disposed of correctly.

A statement added that you could still be prosecuted if your waste ends up fly-tipped by someone else.

Councillor Ron Shepherd said:

“Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and offenders will be prosecuted. It can be anything from a single bin bag to an entire lorry load of rubbish, but it is usually taxpayers who pick up the bill for cleaning it up.

“Dumping rubbish illegally makes the place look a mess, it’s harmful to the environment and to wildlife.

“Fly-tipping is a national problem. We all have a legal obligation, or duty of care, to make sure our waste is disposed of correctly.

“Most people dispose of their waste responsibly, but a small minority don’t.

“The best way to stop organised fly tipping is to make sure that only authorised waste carriers take your waste away.

“The simplest way to check is to ask for their carrier licence number and visit the Environment Agency’s waste carrier register.”

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