A council Wiltshire is looking for ways to prosecute fly-tippers in the county. The council is tasked with investigating how fly-tipping is prosecuted. The fly-tipping investigation is part of a project that is reviewing waste contracts.
Bridget Wayman, the cabinet member for highways, has said that she wants to prosecute offenses with enough evidence.
The council is planning to reveal the number of prosecutions at the environment select committee set for April.
Sven hocking, the task group chairman said that the committee found out that the commonly used prosecution route takes a long time and does not deter people from fly-tipping. Prosecutions are also costly, and the need for evidence further complicates them.
The chairman cites an instance where fly-tipped rubbish consisting of broken wardrobes and other furniture was seen in a garden. The rubbish was later found about two streets away from the original location. However, enforcement officers did not have enough evidence to prosecute despite knowing where the rubbish came from.
Because of this incident and others, the committee is resorting to the issuance of fixed penalty notices instead of the warning letters.
In October, a Swindon man was fined 400 pounds for hiring the services of a fly-tipper who used a Wilshire village as a dumping site. Another person was fined 1230 pounds for the same offense in August.