Fines for flytipping and littering are going up
Posted on: 6 August 2018
If you’re caught littering or flytipping in North Devon, you’ll soon be facing an even bigger fine.
At a meeting of its Executive today (Monday 6 August), North Devon Council members agreed to increase the fixed penalty notice (FPN) fines for environmental offences, such as littering, graffiti and flyposting.
From September the council will also be able to issue fines for flytipping for the first time. Previously all those caught flytipping would face prosecution at court, which is time consuming and can be costly. The council will now be able to issue fines from £150 to £400 for small-scale flytipping offences. Large scale flytipping, repeat offenders, operators in the waste management industry and those tipping hazardous substances will still be dealt with through prosecution in court, where fines can reach £50,000 or 12 months in prison.
The new FPN fines come into effect on 1 September 2018, with maximum fines of:
• £150 for littering (including littering from cars)
• £150 for graffiti or flyposting
• £200 for abandoned vehicles
• £400 for flytipping
Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: “We’re bringing our fines in line with the latest national regulations and want to send a clear message to those who don’t look after our environment – if we catch you, we will fine you!
“Reporting environmental offences is the only way we can really tackle these problems head-on and it’s easier than ever now that so many of us are online. We have an online form to report incidents and we’re using social media to spread awareness and try to identify those responsible for flytipping. Hopefully increasing the fines will also act as a greater deterrent to those who don’t care for our environment and can’t be bothered to use a bin or take their litter home.”
The council is also working towards the introduction of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) for dog fouling, which will see the fine increase from £75 to £100.Environment