Enviro-crime crackdown sends clear message for offenders to clean up their act

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image of pile of fly tipping

A crackdown on fly-tipping and other ‘enviro-crimes’ during a focused period of action has yielded significant results for Wigan Council.

Environment officers issued or initiated a total of 273 fines, prosecutions and warning letters, over a 90-day period starting earlier this year.

Illegal activity such as fly-tipping is a blight on the environment and Wigan Council is committed to working alongside residents to maintain clean and tidy neighbourhoods.

Councillor Paul Prescott, cabinet portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “Our environmental officers have been working within our communities taking enforcement action against fly-tipping, abandoned vehicles and other anti-social activities that impact our environment.

“These crimes cost local authorities hundreds of thousands of pounds every year to clear and fly in the face of the efforts of the vast majority of residents who keep our streets, communities and green spaces clean and tidy.

“Fly-tipping, and offences like it, are crimes, to put it in simple terms. We always want to work with our communities, but we will not hesitate to enforce against that minority who decide to illegally dump rubbish and harm our environment.”

During the 90-days of action, 54 fixed penalty notices were issued, alongside five prosecutions with 45 more cases waiting to be listed at court.

In addition, 104 rubbish clearing letters and 32 abandoned vehicles letters were sent to residents.

Finally, 33 Community Protection Notices (CPN) were issued. These notices require individuals to take steps to clear the rubbish and deal with the offence. If this is not done, the council can take further enforcement action.

Last month, three people who failed to remove rubbish from outside their homes following a CPN were fined over £2,500 in court fines.

Coun Prescott added “Tackling enviro-crimes is a priority for the team. Across Wigan Borough, fly-tipped household waste accounts for the largest proportion of rubbish that needs to be removed from council land.

“We would remind residents and businesses to always get rid of their waste legally and responsibly. Wigan Council has recycling centres based at Kirklees, Chanters and Slag Lane. You can find out more about these on the website at www.wigan.gov.uk/recycling.”

Residents are encouraged to report any fly-tipping they spot via www.wigan.gov.uk/reportit

For more information contact Kasia Juraszek, Media Officer, kasia.juraszek@wigan.gov.uk