New Welsh Government figures* out this month show that Local Authorities in Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Merthyr, Blaenau Gwent and Carmarthenshire were the top five for successful prosecution of local fly-tippers in the year 2016-2017.
There was a slight increase in the total number of fly tipping cases up for prosecution across Wales from the previous year with Neath Port Talbot (12 cases) coming top for achieving successful prosecution outcomes.
Commenting on this success, Cllr Ted Latham, Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Engineering at Neath Port Talbot Council said: “Neath Port Talbot Council takes a zero-tolerance approach to fly tipping and is proud of its consistently strong enforcement record, particularly in securing successful prosecutions. Whilst working to secure a prosecution may mean that clearance cannot be achieved as quickly, we take the view that the only sustainable way to address the issue is to discourage this illegal act and to tackle the source rather than to simply make problems disappear quickly. The Council will take legal action whenever possible and just this past week we have secured a further two fly tipping prosecutions with costs and fines totalling over £2000. Our Waste Enforcement team is also proactive on social media and we would like to thank residents and partner agencies for their information and for helping to share the clear message that Neath Port Talbot is determined to stay safe and free from illegal waste.”
The new figures also showed that, although the overall incidence of fly-tipping had increased year on year by 6% (up from 36,259 in 2015-16 to 38,580 in 2016-17), certain Local Authorities had recorded notable decreases in local fly-tipping with Swansea seeing the largest fall from 6,040 incidents in 2015-16 to 3,646 incidents in 2016-17. Followed by Caerphilly (367 less incidents in 2016-17); Neath Port Talbot (221 less incidents in 2016-17) and Ceredigion (138 less incidents in 2016-17).
Gary Evans, Programme Manager at Fly-tipping Action Wales, added: “Local authorities are some of the 50 partners across Wales who work with us to tackle fly-tipping in Wales. Although the number of fly-tipping incidents in Wales has increased across 2016/17, so too has the number of successful prosecutions which is great to see. On 25th October 2017, the Welsh Government introduced new powers to enable local authorities to issue fixed penalty notices for small-scale incidents and is a welcome additional tool to deal with fly tipping offences.”
Most household items that are often fly-tipped can easily be re-used and restored by recycling charities. We all have a legal duty of care to ensure that household and business wasteis only transferred to an authorised personand a failure to do so can result in serious fines. You can check waste carriers are registered on the Natural Resources Wales website. If you require further information and advice on how to get rid of unwanted waste please visit the website, www.flytippingactionwales.org.