Barnsley Council continues to take a tough stance on fly tipping by increasing the fixed penalty notice for illegally disposing of waste. The fine has been raised from £300 to £400 to meet the national maximum, acting as a strong deterrent to those responsible for fly tipping.
The council have also introduced a new fixed penalty notice for Duty of Care offences. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs introduced the opportunity for local authorities to issue the fine under Section 34(2A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Duty of Care offences focus on householders passing waste to unregistered waste carriers or where householders have not taken reasonable steps to ensure their waste will be disposed of correctly. The new powers see residents liable for the £250 fine, which has been set in line with neighbouring authorities to develop a regional standard across South Yorkshire.
People operating a waste carrier business must have a licence from the Environment Agency. Householders must take all reasonable steps to make sure that their waste is managed correctly. If residents ask a person or business outside the council to remove unwanted rubbish, a waste transfer note must be provided. This should contain information on the items being picked up and where they will be disposed of. Barnsley Council advises taking a photograph of the waster carrier license as well as noting the full address and telephone number.
Wendy Lowder, Executive Director for Communities, said: “This is great development to continue cracking down on those who choose to blight our beautiful borough with illegal waste. As part of our Everybody Think campaign, we’d like to share a thank you for all of your support, together we are making the difference.”
“Fixed penalty notices are just one of the tools we use to deal with fly tipping offences. Our enforcement team have had some fantastic results securing prosecutions against people who illegally deposit waste. The increased fine and a new issuing power is another step in the right direction.”
This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe, that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.
We're committed to #ProtectIt by making it easier for you to dispose of large items and recycling. #OwnIt by making some small changes, such as recycling and reporting litter and fly tipping to keep Barnsley clean and green.