Team to crack down on littering and fly-tipping

Fly-tipped household furniture, clearance and industrial waste dumped in the countryside.

“People are fed up of seeing fly-tipping," says Cllr Mike Morey - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Littering and fly-tipping are being targeted by a new enforcement team to clean up Torbay. 

The new team have the power to issue fixed penalty notices to anyone committing environmental crimes in Torbay. 

Initially they will be focusing on tackling littering, dog control, fly-tipping, graffiti, abandoned vehicles, failure to produce a waste transfer note, and not presenting domestic or commercial waste bins in the correct way at the right time. 

There will also be a consultation soon on dog poo offences and the plan is that the enforcement team – from National Enforcement Solutions – will eventually be able to also issue fixed penalty notices for irresponsible dog owners who fail to pick up their dog’s mess. 

Councillor Mike Morey, Cabinet Member for infrastructure, environment and culture for Torbay Council, said: “Environmental crime impacts upon the quality of our environment, reduces our pride of place and can have negative and economic impacts.

“People are fed up of seeing things like fly-tipping, littering and mess on the streets and this sends a message that we will not tolerate this anymore in Torbay.” 

Councillor Christine Carter, Cabinet member for corporate and community services, said: “The vast majority of us want to make Torbay a cleaner, greener place to live and this new enforcement team will really help us to deal with the small minority of people who continue to leave a mess behind them.

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“This new team and the ability to issue fixed penalty notices for issues like fly-tipping and littering brings us in line with a lot of other local authority areas.”

The fixed penalty notices will be: Abandoning a vehicle £200, dog control offences £80, domestic waste bin offences £60, failure to produce a waste transfer note £300, fly posting £80, fly tipping £400, graffiti £80, industrial and commercial waste bin offences £110, littering £80and PSPO (dog off lead) £100.