New powers given to Welsh councils will help tackle problem fly-tipping.  Effective from 25th October, the powers enable council officers to issue fixed penalty notices when they are satisfied that a person has fly-tipped.  The penalty amounts vary from £150 to £400.

Monmouthshire’s cabinet member responsible for environmental health, Councillor Sara Jones said: “This welcome measure will help us tackle these anti-social acts which create eyesores wherever they occur.  We have successfully prosecuted offenders in recent years with heavy fines through court action and this will continue to be our main focus, but we are intent on using all powers at our disposal.  Accordingly, the application of a fixed penalty notice may be appropriate in some cases involving small amounts of waste to give the offender the opportunity to pay the fine and avoid court action.  Only a small minority of people fly-tip but our officers are proactive and will take enforcement action wherever possible’’.

Residents have a duty to ensure that they dispose of waste properly and if they entrust the job to another person they should ensure the contractor is a registered carrier. Call Natural Resources Wales on 0300 065 3000 or visit www.naturalresourceswales.gov.uk to check if a person is a registered waste carrier.

 For more information on fly-tipping log onto the council’s dedicated web pages: www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/recycling-and-waste/fly-tipping