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Council 'swats' fly-tipper with £400 fine

Cotswold District Council has issued a £400 fixed penalty notice to an individual following an investigation of flytipping near Northleach which contained household waste following a clear out of their home.

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The council is working hard to reduce and prevent waste from being dumped illegally with the ultimate goal to stop flytipping in the Cotswolds.

Councillor Andrew Doherty, cabinet member for recycling, waste and environment, said: "Flytipping is a national problem and has a significant impact on communities and our environment. 

"As a council, it is an issue that we take very seriously, and we will tackle offenders wherever, and whenever, we can.

"Any incident of flytipping is a criminal offence, and this council will use its powers of enforcement in all cases where we are able to, either through the issue of a Fixed Penalty Notice or through a prosecution.

"Education is also important and we will continue our work to make sure that residents and businesses understand their responsibilities and how to properly dispose of their waste.

"If you have evidence of a flytip or concerns about the illegal dumping of waste in your community, please report on our website: www.cotswold.gov.uk/flytipping.

"Everyone has a legal 'duty of care' to ensure your household or business waste is disposed of correctly. If fly-tipping is traced back to you, you could face a £400 fixed penalty notice.

"Fly-tipping is the illegal deposit of waste onto land. This causes a significant blight on the local environment and is often a source of pollution, which can endanger public health and wildlife."

For more information about how you can prevent fly-tipping and what to do with your household waste, visit our website: https://www.cotswold.gov.uk/flytipping.

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