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Outraegous fly-tippers fined more than £3360

Fly-tip in Rhondda Cynon Taf and you will be caught red handed as these SEVEN individuals have recently found out!

In the last month SEVEN individuals have been held accountable in court for their reckless, fly-tipping actions. This has led to a total of over £3660 being issued in fines – that’s an average fine of over £520!

This acts as a clear reminder that residents have a duty of care to dispose of their waste appropriately and to ensure that items are disposed of correctly. Failure to do this, could end up costing you a lot more than travelling a few miles to the nearest local community recycling centre!

The actions by the individuals included, placing items over their garden wall – leaving items strewn across the public highways for weeks, dumping items outside a closed Community Recycling Centre and asking an unregistered business to dispose of waste – which was later fly-tipped.

Section 33(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 sets out the offence of fly tipping describing it as the “illegal deposit of any waste onto land that does not have a licence to accept it”. Anyone illegally disposing of their waste could face a hefty fine as these people have discovered!

Fly tipping, dropping litter or allowing your dog to foul in a public place will not be tolerated in Rhondda Cynon Taf and, as these latest cases show, the Council will use all its available powers to catch those responsible for blighting its towns and countryside.

As well as carrying out routine checks around the County Borough and responding to the reports it receives, the Council has a number of covert, roaming cameras placed in key locations to catch offenders red-handed.

The Council has a weekly, unlimited, kerbside dry, food waste and nappy recycling service, and a number of community recycling centres across the County Borough, so there’s no excuse for fly-tipping, especially items that can be collected at the kerbside or recycled right here in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

Councillor Ann Crimmings, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure and Heritage Services, said:

“Fly-tipping in our County Borough will not be tolerated, there is NEVER an excuse to blight our towns, streets and villages with your waste and we will find those responsible and hold them to account.

“As these cases highlight, we investigate ALL reports of fly-tipping and we will unravel all the details as these offenders have found out.

“Removal of fly-tipping in our County Borough costs hundreds of thousands of pounds – which could be spent on key front-line services.

“We will use EVERY power we have available to us, to hold those accountable for their actions. Many of the items we recover on our streets, towns and mountains are items that could have been taken to a Community Recycling Centre or even collected from the kerbside – at no extra cost.”