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Council sends warning to Maidstone fly-tippers

Thursday 19th April 2018

FLY-TIPPERS are being warned they could face large fines as Maidstone Borough Council steps up its campaign against waste crime.

The council set up a new Waste Crime Team in July last year and have already raked in almost £6,500 in fixed penalty notices, as well as issuing 21 warnings and 15 legal notices.

The money – which comes from 27 fines – has been reinvested into local communities to increase bin provisions and to purchase equipment, such as covert CCTV cameras, to assist in the fight against fly-tipping, like that pictured above in Burberry Lane.

Residents are reminded that waste is their own responsibility and if paying to have it taken away, they must check that the person has a valid waste carriers’ licence and that they receive a waste transfer note.

Members of the public are also asked to stay vigilant and report any incidents to the Waste Crime Team as soon as possible.

Jamie Duffy, Senior Waste Crime Officer said: “We are sending a clear message that fly-tippers are not welcome in Maidstone.

“We’ll continue to issue FPNs for all waste crime offences, we will seize vehicles from fly-tippers and waste crime offenders and we will not accept waste crime anywhere in the Borough.”