BCP Council launches flytipping crackdown with minimum £200 fines
A FLYTIPPING crackdown that is set to take place in Christchurch and will see those responsible hit with a minimum £200 fine.
BCP Council has tasked external company Waste Investigations Support and Enforcement (Wise) with reducing the problem across the borough and to hit offenders with fixed penalty notices.
They will see offenders pay £200 within 14 days or £400 in 28.
As part of the pilot Wise will also be visiting local businesses to ensure they dispose and manage their waste correctly, in order to comply with the law. The scheme is designed to be cost neutral to BCP Council and allows it to align flytipping policies across the three towns.
Cllr Mark Anderson, BCP cabinet member for environment, cleansing and waste acknowledged flytipping was a "growing problem for councils across the country", adding: "Not only is it illegal, but it can also cause significant environmental issues and adversely impacts the local landscape.
"In addition, flytipping can create mental health issues for people living next to areas where flytipping is more prolific, so it’s vitally important that we tackle this issue head on.”
"We want the BCP city region to be world class – one of the best coastal places in the world in which to live, work, invest and play, and as part of our Cleaner, Greener, Safer campaign this pilot will help us work towards this goal."
John Dunne, Wise managing director, said: "We have a proven track record of investigating and issuing fixed penalty notices to perpetrators who dump waste or transfer waste to unauthorised waste carriers.
"We are looking forward to working alongside the council to help with their prevention messaging."