People who fly-tip in Westminster face an increase in fines for breaking the law and dropping their waste or litter.
From Monday 7 November, those who illegally dump will be penalised through new powers designed to tackle the issue. Councils across England will be able to issue fixed penalty notices between £150 and £400 for "small-scale" offences.
The move is good news for residents and businesses who comply with the law, in 2015/16 Westminster City Council removed 15,628 fly-tips ranging in size from a single black bag to ‘van load’ sizes.
Cllr Nickie Aiken, Cabinet Member for Public Protection said: “We have one of the best cleaning services in the country and we hope that these new fines send a strong message to the minority who think it is acceptable to fly tip and ignore our bins and refuse collections that this behaviour will not be tolerated. Our residents regularly complain about others who choose to illegally dump their rubbish. The vast majority of our residents and businesses are determined to keep their streets and neighbourhoods clean and we are working with them to create a cleaner greener city for all.”
Littering costs the taxpayer between £717m and £850m a year to tidy up. 900,000 incidents of rubbish dumped illegally are recorded each year by Defra, with everything from old mattresses and fridges to tyres and masonry being left in public places.
Westminster City Council is working with communities to improve our neighbourhoods and keep our city clean and tidy. We have introduced various ways old items can be safely and easily disposed of, ranging from our ‘Restart’ events for electronics to mobile recycling centres and big black bins that are visibly placed in neighbourhoods.
The council also offers bulk waste collection services for residents, who can also take their household items to the waste recycling centre at Smuggler’s Way.
The increase in fines will mean: - For household waste, a £200 fine upon a first offence, rising to £400 for a second offence, followed by prosecution - For trade or business waste, a £400 fine followed by prosecution for subsequent offences - Warnings, valid for a year, will be issued for those who do not place household waste in appropriate receptacles and at specified times.
During a recent three-day operation to clamp down on fly tipping, the council issued 71 Fixed Penalty Notices between 13 to 16 October, with offenders having to pay £80 for illegally dumping their rubbish.
City inspectors will continue to work with discretion to ensure there is awareness of disposal and so that residents are better informed about the services the council offers.