Fly-tippers in King’s Lynn and West Norfolk could be given £200 fixed penalty notices
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People who fly tip could face new fixed penalty fines between £150 and £200 if they are caught dumping rubbish.
New environmental regulations which came into force last year gave councils the power to impose fixed penalty notices.
The powers are designed to be used to deal with minor incidents of fly tipping, with a low level of harm to the environment or human health.
West Norfolk council's ruling cabinet is being asked to decide the level of fines when it meets on Tuesday night.
A report to councillors recommends £200, reduced to £150 if paid within 10 days.
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It says: 'In 2016 the Government introduced new powers under The Unauthorised Deposit of Waste Regulations 2016 to allow local authorities to offer fixed penalty notices for offences which relate to the unauthorised deposit of waste.
'The purpose of this amendment is to provide local authorities with a more efficient and proportionate response to small-scale fly-tipping of waste.
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'The power to issue fixed penalty notices does not need to be adopted, however there is leeway to set fine levels locally within a range of not less than £150 and not more than £400 and it is this which cabinet are being asked to decide.'
It comes after officials, residents and traders pledge to work toegther to tackle the ongoing issue of fly-tipping in North Lynn.
Waste is dumped on a weekly basis in the privately-owned alleyways, which run between the estate's terrace homes.
Launching the campaign Ian Devereux, West Norfolk's cabinet member for environment said: 'Fly-tipping has been a chronic problem in this area for a number of years. We launched an intensive campaign last year to ensure that people in the area understood how and where to dispose of their waste, and understood how to report fly-tipping.
'While black bag waste is still part of the issue it would seem that tenancy change-overs and drive-by fly-tipping are also significantly contributing to the problem.'
MORE - pledge to tackle fly-tipping in North Lynn Some believe fly-tipping has proliferated since councils began charging to dispose of some kinds of waste such as fridges and tyres at the recycling centres, and imposing limits on how much people can bring of other kinds of waste.