Cardiff Council considers issuing Fixed Penalty Notices to crack down on fly-tipping

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Butetown Indutrial Estate in Cardiff

Cardiff Council is considering issuing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) for fly-tipping cases.

Currently FPNs in Wales cannot be issued for fly-tipping and cases must instead be taken to court where the person can be fined up to £50,000, sent to prison, or both.

In a meeting next week, Cardiff Council’s cabinet will discuss a range of measures to tackle fly-tipping including installing infrared cameras at known fly-tipping hotspots.

It will also work closer with Natural Resources Wales to report, monitor and share intelligence on the illegal dumping of waste.

Natural Resources Wales is responsible for all large scale fly tipping incidents in Wales, with local authorities dealing with smaller scale incidents.

Councillor Michael Michael, cabinet member for clean streets and recycling, said: "The use of the Fixed Penalty Notices will be a more proportionate way to deal with small scale fly tipping incidents for one off offenders, rather than taking these matters to the Magistrates' Court.

"Bringing in these additional measures doesn't mean that we will not bring persistent offenders to court, if it is deemed necessary. We will be trialling different types of infrared camera which can be used overtly and covertly to catch fly tipping in action.”

Cardiff Council is also developing an app so residents can report fly-tipping incidents more easily.

Fly-tipping costs the tax payer around £230,000 each year in Cardiff.

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