Officers from East Northamptonshire Council are cracking down on fly-tippers with several successful court cases resulting in fines for the environmental criminals.
Last week, a Rushden man was prosecuted for dumping several bags of household waste at the Skew Bridge access road, just off the A45 at Rushden, and was ordered to pay £400 by Northampton Magistrates Court.
In January, Corby Magistrates Court found a man from Yaxley guilty of fly-tipping in Nassington and received a £830 fine.
At the end of last year, Northampton Magistrates Court fined two more Rushden men £1,500 and £635, also for dumping waste at Skew Bridge in Rushden.
According to a recent report by the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA), local authorities dealt with 852,000 fly-tipping incidents in 2013-14 – an increase of 20 per cent since 2012-13.
Nearly two thirds of rubbish dumped was household waste.
It costs thousands of pounds every year for the council to remove and dispose of the waste responsibly, a cost which falls to the tax payers.
Leader of the council, Steven North, said: “The three offences at Skew Bridge were captured on surveillance cameras that are positioned around our district to catch fly-tippers.
“This is a joint venture, working in partnership with Northamptonshire Trading Standards.
“We spend at least £20,000 every year just on clearing the big fly-tips alone, so we’re very pleased with these successful prosecutions and hope it shows how seriously we take fly-tipping in East Northants.”
If you see someone fly-tipping, report it online by visiting www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/flytipping or by calling 01832 742026.
The more information you can give, the better chance there is of prosecution.
Useful information includes the time and date of the incident, location of the incident, description of the person/s involved, description of the vehicle used and a description of the waste being fly tipped.