Fines of £400 will be issued to offenders caught fly-tipping as a result of new penalties being introduced by Surrey Heath Borough Council.
Previously fly-tipping offenders could only be prosecuted through court proceedings.
Following a recent change to the law, the council’s Executive has approved an updated Fixed Penalty Notice Policy, enabling fines to be served as an alternative to prosecution.
Using new powers under the Unauthorised Deposit of Waste Regulations 2016, fines will be used to help tackle smaller scale fly-tipping, including inappropriate use of the recycling centres. The council will continue to prosecute serious cases through the court.
Surrey Heath’s portfolio holder for community, Councillor Vivienne Chapman said: “Fly-tipping is a criminal offence that’s anti-social and totally unacceptable. It’s also costly to clear up and an eyesore, so we welcome the new fines as a deterrent.
“Prosecution through the courts can prove lengthy and resource intensive, with costs awarded often less than the cost of investigation. The £400 fixed penalty will provide a wider range of sanctions to deal with fly-tipping offences.”
Any offender issued a Fixed Penalty Notice for fly-tipping will have 14 days to pay the £400, with no early repayment reduction, or risk going to court and face a criminal record.
Fly-tippers prosecuted through the courts face a penalty of up to £50,000 or a 12 month prison sentence.
Earlier this year, the council updated its enforcement policy to abolish an early repayment option for businesses transporting waste and failing to produce legally required waste documents relating to the transfer of commercial waste.