Camden Council increases penalty for small-scale fly-tipping
Camden Council is sending out the message that fly-tippers will not be allowed to spoil the borough for others, as it introduces a £200 fine* for anyone caught dumping small-scale fly–tips.
The council will continue to pursue the culprits of larger scale fly-tips through the courts, which carries a punishment of up to £50,000 for those convicted.
In 2015/16 the council removed over 7000 reported fly-tips in Camden, 66% of which were small-scale. These include the likes of black bags left around recycling banks, bins or the base of trees. Additionally all businesses are required to have a waste contract to dispose of their waste and recycling and any waste presented for collection in black bags by a business without an agreement is classed as a fly tip and is collected and disposed of at the council’s expense.
Camden Council previously issued those it could prove are responsible for such fly tipping with a fixed penalty notice of £80 (or £50 if paid within 10 days) but new national legislation introduced this year has allowed the council to increase the penalty. The council has opted for the amount of £200 as it feels it is proportionate to the cost of removing a typical small-scale fly-tip.
“Local residents do not want their environment becoming a dumping ground for waste that can be disposed of in the proper manner. Camden Council does not want that either – as not only does it look unsightly, but we have to spend money clearing it up, which could be spent on better things.
“I hope the increased level of fine demonstrates our desire to deal with this issue, and I hope it acts as a deterrent for anyone thinking of fly-tipping in our borough.
“If you see someone fly-tipping in your area then I’d encourage you to report them. We will take action.”
Fly-tipping can be reported by calling 020 7974 4444 or clicking here.
These new measures are part of a wider drive for a cleaner Camden, with higher recycling rates and increased waste compliance. For more information about the new environment services contract click here.
Any funds raised through the issuing of fixed penalty notices will be used to fund campaigns aimed at behaviour change for a Clean Camden.
*The new £200 penalty becomes £150 if paid within 10 days of issue.