Fly-tipper caught red-handed by local resident

Cotswold District Council Press Release – 26 August 2021

Cotswold District Council has successfully identified and fined an individual for fly-tipping a large quantity of bark chips in Northleach thanks to evidence provided by a local resident who witnessed the illegal act.

The fly-tipper was caught dumping over two tonnes of commercial green waste by a local man who decided to capture the illegal act on his camera. Thanks to the eyewitness information provided by the resident, and assistance from local Police officers, the Council issued a fixed penalty notice of £400.

Cllr Andrew Doherty, Cabinet Member for Waste and Recycling, said: “Fly-tipping of any kind is a criminal offence and a blight on our beautiful district. This Council will use its powers of enforcement in all cases where we are able to, either through the issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice or through a prosecution.

“We will continue to work hard to reduce and prevent waste from being dumped illegally; with the ultimate goal to stop fly-tipping in the Cotswolds. With the help of residents, we can make your area a safer, cleaner and greener place for all.

“I would like to thank our local Police teams whose assistance has been invaluable in helping us to crack down on environmental crime here in the Cotswolds. My thanks also go to the local resident who reported this crime to us and I would encourage all our residents to report any and all environmental crimes they witness as a matter of urgency.

“If you have evidence of a fly-tip or concerns about the illegal dumping of waste in your community, please report on our website: cotswold.gov.uk/flytipping.”

Everyone has a legal ‘duty of care’ to ensure your household or business waste is disposed of correctly. If fly-tipping is traced back to you, you could face a £400 fixed penalty notice.

Fly-tipping is the illegal deposit of waste onto land. This causes a significant blight on the local environment and is often a source of pollution, which can endanger public health and wildlife.

The Facts

  • Fly-tipping is ILLEGAL.
  • There is no excuse for fly-tipping.
  • We ALL pay for fly-tipping as it costs the District Council to clear waste dumped on council-owned land.
  • Dumped waste not only looks unpleasant, but it can also seriously damage land, pollute water and endanger wildlife.
  • Fly tipped waste can also affect the reputation of our villages, and towns and can be hazardous to human health.
  • Offenders can be fined up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates’ Court. This can be increased to an unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court.

You can report fly-tipping to the Council, by completing an online form on our website.

For more information about how you can prevent fly-tipping and what to do with your household waste, visit our website: cotswold.gov.uk/flytipping.