Council to consider new powers to crack down on fly-tipping

Welwyn Hatfield Borough is reminding people to check for waste carrier licences as it considers the introduction of new powers to reduce fly-tipping.

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The report - approved at the council's Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee last night (Monday 23 September) - recommends introducing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for people who fail to check that their waste will be disposed of legally.

 

If fly-tipped waste can be traced back to someone who hasn't taken the appropriate steps to ensure that the waste carrier is licensed, they could receive a fine.

 

An FPN could also be issued to an unauthorised carrier who is found to be carrying household waste collected directly from the occupier of a domestic property, and where an individual is found to have transferred their household waste to an unauthorised person at a site that does not have a permit or exemption, for example a scrap yard that is operating illegally.

 

The proposed fine is £300, reduced to £200 if paid within ten days. Failure to pay the fine may result in prosecution.

 

Councillor Stephen Boulton, Executive Member for Environment, said:

We all have a duty of care to ensure our waste is disposed of correctly, and to help deter illegal dumping we need everyone to be asking to see a licence.

 

We know residents take pride in where they live and we hope that this will encourage everyone to be extra vigilant. Remember to follow the S.C.R.A.P code - more information can be found online at one.welhat.gov.uk/S.C.R.A.P.

 

The report also recommends an increase to the existing FPN charges for fly-tipping offences to £300, reducing to £200 if paid within ten days.

 

The report will now go to full council in November.

 

To check if a waste carrier is licensed, visit https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers