Man fined £400 for fly tipping on Malvern street
A man has been fined £400 after being spotted fly tipping on a street in Malvern.
Witnesses reported the man getting out of a vehicle on Bellars Lane before dumping a broken up children’s bed, carpet and black sacks of household waste down an alleyway.
Community and Environmental Protection Officers (CEPO) from Malvern Hills District Council tracked the man down to an address in Malvern. He admitted the offence and was issued with a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice.
The offence took place on 17 July and is one of three successful actions for fly tipping or littering carried out by officers in recent weeks.
On 31 July a delivery driver was seen throwing his delivery notes out of his van at Hill View Gardens in Ripple. The company he worked for was contacted and the Cheltenham resident admitted the offence and was given a £75 fine for littering.
A woman driving along the A44 towards Cotheridge on 17 July was also given a £75 for littering after being spotted by the CEPOs throwing a cigarette out of a car window.
Discarded cigarette butts are particularly damaging to the environment as they contain toxic chemicals that seep into soils and waterways causing pollution. They can take up to ten years to break down and also pose a risk to wildlife.
Cllr John Raine, responsible for environment on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “I hope these incidents send a clear message that we will not hesitate to take action against those who put our environment at risk by acting irresponsibly.
“There is no excuse for fly tipping or littering. Large amounts of waste can be taken to Household Recycling Centres or put on the hands of a reputable company, with a waste carrier’s licence to dispose of it responsibly. We want everyone to play their part in keeping our district clean and tidy by putting their litter in a bin or taking it home with them and putting it in their green or black bins.”
People should report littering or fly tipping by visiting www.malvernhills.gov.uk/report-it