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Fly tippers in Swansea to be issued with fixed penalty notices

Plans are in place to issue fly tippers in Swansea with a £400 fixed penalty if they are caught out.


Swansea Council is aiming to introduce the crackdown on fly tipping to tackle the problem.

The new enforcement initiative will aim to target those that illegally dispose of smaller amounts of waste compared to large, commercial, lorry loads, of waste; first time offenders and also householders whose waste has been fly tipped by an unlicensed waste disposal business.

Councils in Wales can set the amount for a fly tipping fixed penalty between £120 and £400. A report to Cabinet will recommend  opting for the higher amount of £400 with an option of paying a lower amount of £250 for early payment.

Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: "This is a positive step forward in terms of our continued efforts to tackle all aspects of fly tipping in Swansea.

"It means we can deal more quickly with less serious cases of fly tipping, including cases which involve non-commercial waste and hopefully issuing a fixed penalty notice will deter those individuals from doing it again.

"We will be continuing to use the court system where appropriate, including those who fail to accept the initial  fixed penalty notice and various other offences, including serial offenders.

"The message we want to send out to people is that we will not accept fly tipping in Swansea and we are doing all we can, using all available enforcement methods to eradicate this type of activity."

The Council is also urging householders to be cautious when employing someone to dispose of waste for them, stating that householders who do not make proper checks with the company for appropriate licences and end up having their waste dumped illegally will also risk receiving a fixed penalty notice.

Last year the Council launched a new rapid response team to investigate cases of fly tipping in the city and this has led to an increase in successful prosecutions.

Latest statistics also show a reduction in cases of fly tipping with 1,547 cases reported to the Council in 2017/18 compared to 2016/17 when it received 3,646 reports.

Cllr Thomas added: "We are going in the right direction in terms of tackling the problem and this is leading to less cases of it being reported.

"I would urge the public to support us in our efforts and encourage them to report fly tipping instances to us if they see or know anything and to always check that they only give their waste to licensed waste carriers for disposal."

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