Man caught on camera dumping household waste in Barnstaple lay-by

Posted on: 16 July 2019

Dumping domestic waste next to public bins is littering and can result in a hefty fine, as a North Devon resident found out last week.

North Devon Council has issued a £100 fixed penalty notice to a local man who left bags of rubbish in a lay-by, following an increase in household waste being dumped in public areas in recent weeks.

One of the council’s Neighbourhood Officers was on patrol on Friday 12 July when the man was spotted in the Lake lay-by on the A361, emptying bags of rubbish out of his car and leaving them next to the bins.

Alan Kyle, a member of the council’s Environmental Protection Team had parked in the lay-by and witnessed the incident unfold. He says: “I saw what the man was up to and filmed it on my mobile phone before challenging him. The man apologised and accepted what he was doing was wrong and that he should take responsibility for his own waste.

“He blamed the fact that his usual black bin collection had been missed that week. This is no excuse for dumping rubbish in public places. If your waste or recycling collections are missed you should report it to us, not take matters into your own hands by littering.”

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: “It is disappointing to see that people continue to dump their domestic waste in public places with no regard for our environment or other residents. I hope this most recent fine will show the public that we will continue to punish people who commit littering and fly tipping offences in our area.”

The maximum fine that can be imposed by the courts for littering is £2,500, while on-the-spot fines of £100 are handed out by the council. The council can also issue penalty charge notices to vehicle owners if it can be proved litter was thrown from their car, even if it was discarded by somebody else.

You can report flytipping or littering online at northdevon.gov.uk/litter, call 01271 388870 or email customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk. You can report a missed bin collection online northdevon.gov.uk/bins-and-recycling/make-requests-and-report-issues.

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