Fine warning for fly-tippers in Dudley
Residents who dump their rubbish during the coronavirus pandemic are being warned they could be fined £400.
Several incidents of fly-tipping have been reported across the borough over the past week.
Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental, highways and street services, said:
Fly-tipping is totally unacceptable at any time but even more so at the moment, when the council has to prioritise doing all it can to keep essential services running and support the most vulnerable people in society.
Our staff will investigate every single incident reported to us and we will be issuing fines of up to £400 to anyone who is found to be responsible for fly-tipping.
I would urge anyone with extra rubbish to store it safely until our household waste recycling centre can re-open.
We do not want our streets to become dumping grounds while we are dealing with a crisis.
Anyone who is caught dumping rubbish will feel the full force of the law.
As well as individuals dumping rubbish, people who pay unlicensed waste carriers who advertise on social media can also be fined.
Reputable licensed waste carriers provide customers with receipts and other relevant paperwork for their services, giving them proof they have used an authorised company.
Residents are also urged not to use door-to-door callers to dispose of their waste.
To report fly-tipping go to: https://www.dudley.gov.uk/residents/parking-and-roads/street-cleaning-and-cleansing/flytipping-dumped-rubbish/