29/08/19: Trampoline fly tip lands £300 fine for Dereham man

Within one hour of a member of the public highlighting a potential fly tip in Norwich Road, Dereham, Breckland Council not only investigated and removed a fly tip, but also located the culprit, who was then issued and paid a £300 fixed penalty notice. 

Cllr Alison Webb, Executive Member for Housing, Health and Environment at Breckland Council, commented "Fly tipping is illegal and a serious environmental crime that harms the countryside and costs taxpayers money to clear up. Personally I am very disappointed that the resident did not take his broken garden trampoline to the local recycling centre, where it would be been accepted for free, rather than taking the illegal and environmentally damaging option of dumping it in an overgrown ditch. I am however delighted to see the local public share our frustrations with fly tipping and have provided invaluable support in concluding this investigation so quickly. To resolve an investigation from start to finish within one hour, sends a strong message to any potential fly tipper that both Breckland Council and the public have a zero tolerance approach towards fly tipping and it will no longer be tolerated."

Breckland Council is advising residents who discover a fly tip to inform the council as quickly as possible, as this increases the chance of catching the culprits. People hiring somebody to take waste away for them should make sure they are legitimate and have a waste carrier's licence. This will avoid your chance of hiring a rogue trader who may not dispose of the material responsibly and leave you equally responsible for the fly tip. Householders are being encouraged to be particularly wary of businesses that only operate through social media or those who come to their door offering to take away rubbish cheaply. Residents can report suspected fly tipping online at www.breckland.gov.uk/flytip or contact the council direct.

Last updated: 19/06/2020 09:17:03