Greenwich

Fly-tipper issued first £400 Fixed Penalty Notice

Published Monday, 19 September 2016

The Council has issued its first maximum fine as one of the first authorities to commit to it.

Royal Borough officers became aware of a fly-tipping incident on 6 September on Plumstead Road London SE18 after CCTV recorded an individual from a fast food outlet illegally depositing waste on the street.

The owners of the business were interviewed by Royal Borough of Greenwich officers who also raised wider concerns about the way in which the business was disposing of its waste. In the face of the CCTV evidence, the business owners accepted full responsibility and were issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice for £400 for fly-tipping and another £300 FPN for failing to produce Waste Transfer documents. Both were paid.

'Landmark moment'

Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Environment Cllr Jackie Smith said: "This is a landmark moment in our fight against fly-tippers. The Royal Borough of Greenwich is sending a clear message that we mean what we say on fly-tipping - if you are caught you will face the maximum fine we can issue. Overall we have issued nearly 8,000 Fixed Penalty Notices for fly-tipping in the last four years.

"We recognise however, that fixed penalty notices will not solve this problem alone; that's why we've adopted a multi-faceted approach which includes advertising our bulky waste collection service and using two task force teams to quickly remove rubbish before it attracts further tips. We are also looking to strengthen reporting tools which allow residents and environmental groups to provide valuable intelligence on fly-tips and who is committing them. Together, we can ratchet up the pressure and bring the number of fly-tips down."

Report a fly-tipper

If you have intelligence on suspected fly-tippers, please email envirocrime@royalgreenwich.gov.uk. All information you provide will be treated confidentially.

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