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NNDC backs crack down on fly-tippers in North Norfolk

PUBLISHED: 11:23 25 October 2017 | UPDATED: 12:04 25 October 2017

Household items which have been dumped close to Thetford Rugby Club which is in Thetford Forest. Picture: Jerry Stone

Household items which have been dumped close to Thetford Rugby Club which is in Thetford Forest. Picture: Jerry Stone

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North Norfolk District Council is backing stronger enforcement action for fly-tipping, having spent £40,000 in clean-up costs last year.

Annie Claussen-Reynolds Annie Claussen-Reynolds

NNDC cleaned up around 500 fly-tipping incidents last year, and this figure is set to rise.

Local authorities across the UK have recorded a 7% increase in fly-tipping incidents in 2016-17, taking the total number of incidents in England above the one million mark.

However the overall problem is likely to be even bigger, though, as this tally does not include incidents of fly-tipping on private land.

Most of the 495 incidents in North Norfolk involved roadside fly-tipping (288), but there was also fly-tipping on footpaths, agricultural land, railways and alleyways, and beside rivers.

The rubbish that was dumped included white goods, tyres, asbestos, and both household and commercial waste.

New legislation introduced in 2016 means that anyone caught illegally dumping waste could face an on-the-spot penalty of £200.

The district council has stepped up its enforcement action over the past year, including issuing these fixed-penalty notices.

The council also recently brought a successful prosecution against a fly-tipper with the help of a private landowner.

But the Local Government Association has called for bigger fines for more serious offences.

Councillor Annie Claussen-Reynolds, North Norfolk District Council cabinet member for Waste and Environmental Services, said: “Fly-tipping blights our beautiful district, which is why we have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to people dumping their rubbish illegally.

“But this growth in reported incidents of fly-tipping shows that there is still a lot of work to be done, and anything that makes more people think twice before just leaving their rubbish behind for others to clear up would be welcome.”

She added: “It is everyone’s responsibility to dispose of their waste properly. If you ask others to do it for you, check that they have a waste-carrier’s licence – and if you are not sure, don’t give them your rubbish. If it is later fly-tipped action could be taken against you.”

If you would like to report an area of concern, please contact the Environmental Protection Team on 01263 516085.

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