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£400 fine for Foxcote fly-tipper

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An irresponsible resident caught on camera has had to pay £400 for dumping a fridge in a local beauty spot.

Covert CCTV cameras were installed in Foxcote Lane in October in response to an increase in fly-tipping in the area. The cameras caught a man in a van depositing a fridge freezer in the lane. He accepted liability and was fined £400.

The covert cameras are despatched to hotspots round the borough to catch people in the act of breaking the law. This is in addition to the council’s recent investment of CCTV across the borough which has seen a £1.7million upgrade of the borough’s camera network. The old, outdated systems are being replaced with new state-of-the-art cameras capable of more detailed images and evidence gathering.

Householders are also being reminded that they have a duty to ensure that their household waste is properly disposed of and make sure that anyone they hire to remove their waste is licensed to do so. People who advertise waste clearance services on social media must have a waste carriers licence issued by the Environment Agency. People can be liable if they pass their domestic waste to a person who is unlicensed. Passing waste to an unlicensed carrier can currently result in a £200 fixed penalty notice.

Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for public realm, said:

Clearing up after fly-tippers is costly and time -consuming and it’s council-tax payers who end up footing the bill.
Residents should also be mindful of only ever using legitimate, licensed waste removal companies, as they remain liable for any fines if it their waste is illegally disposed of.
We will not hesitate to prosecute individuals who decide to break the law and litter our beautiful borough. People can report hotspots and offenders to Dudley Council Plus on 0300 555 2345.

Notes to editors:

Household Duty of Care

Householders are required to take reasonable steps to check that people removing waste are licensed and legitimate. You should:

  • Ask the waste carrier to provide you with their full address and telephone number.
  • Ask to see their waste carrier licence issued by the Environment Agency or Natural Resources Wales.
  • Contact the Environment Agency directly on 08708 506 506 and ask for a free instant Waste Carrier Validation Check, alternatively you can check online on the Environment Agency website.

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