TWO men have been fined after residents reported illegally dumped rubbish in Stafford.
In the first of the two incidents a man discarded an old sofa in land near the Burton Manor estate and was given a £75 fixed penalty.
Stafford Borough Council officers traced another litter lout from the Stoke on Trent area who had dumped four bags of household rubbish in land near Eccleshall. He was given a £150 fine.
Both men admitted the offences to council officers.
The fines are part of the authority’s bid to crack down on fly tipper. The council has a dedicated page www.staffordbc.gov.uk/grimewatch where they post pictures of rubbish dumped illegally and ask people for help in a bid to catch offenders.
Last year there were some 350 reports of fly tipping in the borough and over the last five years the cost to tax payers of cleaning up incidents has been estimated at £140,000.
Cabinet member for environment and health, Councillor Frank Finlay, said: “Fly tipping is a blight on our area and those who enjoy the environment they live in do not want inconsiderate people treating the borough as a giant dustbin.
“I hope this sends out a clear message that if you do discard your rubbish illegally then you will be fined or prosecuted.”
Councillor Finlay said it was residents’ duty to make sure anyone they pay to take rubbish away is registered.
“If you are throwing out unwanted goods and they end up being dumped illegally because you have used an unregistered waste carrier then it is the householder who can also be fined or prosecuted,” he said.
More information on registered waster carriers is available at the Environment Agency on 08708 505 506 or go to public registers on www.environment-agency.gov.uk. Alternatively ask the waste carrier to provide their full address, phone number and vehicle registration.
For further advice call the borough council on 01785 619000.
To report fly tipping email email@example.com or 01785 619401. Anyone with information about fly tipping offences can report it in confidence at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01785 619401.