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Date published: 12th February 2019
North Norfolk District Council have been relying on the reports of witnesses to catch those engaged in the illegal dumping of waste in north Norfolk. Fly-tipping cost local authorities in Norfolk over a million pounds in 2016/17, around £400,000 of which came from the cost of proper disposal of waste. Approximately 4 out of 5 recorded fly-tipping incidents in 2017/18 involved material which could have been disposed of for free at Norfolk County Council Recycling Centres.
A fixed penalty notice (FPN) for £300 was issued on Monday 4th February to a man from Dereham who left a mattress next to the bin stores serving residential flats on Bridge Street, Fakenham. Two witnesses contacted Victory Housing Association and provided statements as well as a vehicle registration number. The registered keeper of the vehicle admitted the offence of fly-tipping in an interview under caution, and was subsequently issued a FPN of £300, which was reduced to £200 when paid the next day.
A man from Walsingham has been fined £200 for dumping conifer branches on private land in Aylmerton. Members of the public reported the offence to NNDC and provided photographic evidence. The man was interviewed under caution and, although he did not admit to fly-tipping, was offered a FPN of £200 which has subsequently been paid in January.
NNDC is supporting Norfolk County Council’s SCRAP campaign which aims to cut the cost of clearing up after the illegal dumping of waste, and to “fight the blight of fly-tipping in the county”.
People can avoid an unlimited fine by following the SCRAP code:
- Suspect ALL waste carriers
- Check with the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 that the provider taking your waste away is licensed
- Refuse unexpected offers to have waste taken away
- Ask what will happen to your waste
- Paperwork should be obtained – get a full receipt
All of Norfolk’s councils, the Environment Agency, Norfolk Constabulary, and the NFU and CLA are joining together to support the SCRAP fly-tipping campaign.
Have you seen an incident of fly-tipping? Please report it to the Council so it can be investigated.
Last updated: 12th February 2019