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Council reveal impact of fly-tipping and how they are catching culprits

Posted on 8 Apr 2020

A TOTAL of 26 fines have been handed out in the last ten days as the Council ramps up the pressure on those fly-tipping across North Ayrshire.

The Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team has been busy investigating incidents, handing out fixed penalty notices and tidying the mess.

A total of 64 incidents have been investigated in the last two weeks alone – and many more about to be actioned -  and the team  has urged residents to show more consideration as the clean-up operation is taking valuable resources away from some of  our most vulnerable residents during the Coronavirus crisis.

There has been an increase in incidents since ‘lockdown’ and the Council is keen to remind residents that there are NO excuses.

While Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed, the Waste Services team – which has seen resources increasingly stretched since the onset of the pandemic – continue to carry out normal household bin  collections.

 Councillor Jim Montgomerie, Cabinet Member for Place, said: “These figures just underline the huge amount of unnecessary work that our team are carrying out. This has a knock-on effect and takes resources away from supporting and helping our most vulnerable residents.

 “While the figures are high, we are getting more and more calls about these type of incidents. This shows that the majority of North Ayrshire residents are simply appalled by this and won’t sit back and let it happen. Our team are determined to find the culprits and have an excellent success rate. Is it really worth a £200 fine?

 “People are making excuses but please, there are no excuses. We would just ask people, as we always do, to recycle properly by putting the right stuff in the right bin as our household bin collection service is operating as normal. As for any larger items that you would normally take to a HWRC or organise a special uplift for, please store these securely within your property for the time being. These are challenging times for all of us, and we will open HWRCs and resume the special uplift service as soon as we can. “

 The Enforcement team has confirmed one report has been referred to Police Scotland and SEPA for further action.

 One rogue trader has been reported to trading standards for investigation.

 The Council has been forced to temporarily close Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC) during the pandemic as such travel is non-essential and the measures have also allowed staff to be redeployed to keep the household bin collection service running. Residents are urged to retain any larger items at home until either the HWRCs are re-opened and/or the special uplift service resumes.

 The Enforcement team will also be patrolling of our HWRCs to ensure waste is not being left at gates as this is also classed as fly tipping.

 Anyone caught fly tipping is liable for a fine of £200, similarly, anyone not clearing up after their dog can be hit with a £80 fine.

 Contacts: Dumb Dumpers   0845 2 30 40 90 or online https://www.zerowastescotland.org.uk/DumbDumpers

 EnvironmentalEnforcementTeam@north-ayrshire.gov.uk or 01294310000

 Online at https://www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/bins-litter-and-recycling/report-a-bin-litter-or-graffiti-issue.aspx

 Download the “report it” app for smartphones.