Clearing up flytipping costs taxpayers in south Northants £28,154 a year.
South Northants Council (SNC) is calling on residents to avoid rogue traders after clear up costs rose by £3,505, even though the number of incidents has fallen from 308 to 274.
Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s councillor for environmental services said: “Costs do fluctuate according to the nature of the waste dumped so these figures are no great surprise.
“But by avoiding paying a few pounds to dispose of waste legally, this year fly-tipping has not only cost council taxpayers over £28,000 and created an eyesore, but also risked the perpetrator being fined up to £50,000 or even a jail sentence.
“And it is not only the person who dumped the waste that risks a legal action. If traced, the person who has given someone without a carrier’s licence waste to dispose of will also be prosecuted.”
At magistrates’ court penalties for fly-tipping are up to 12 months imprisonment, and/or a fine of up to £50,000, but if sent to crown court, imprisonment increases to a maximum of five years and the fine becomes unlimited.
Householders must ensure the person who takes away their waste has a waste carriers’ licence, and get a receipt and waste transfer note. For more visit www.southnorthants.gov.uk/3933.htm or call 01327 322344 for advice.