North Kesteven District Council has now issued Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) charges at £400 for fly-tipping in the area.
On Thursday, October 6, the authority’s Executive Board approved a FPN charge at £400 after new regulations allowing local authorities in England to issue the notices came into force this year.
The council investigates every instance of fly-tipping in the district and the FPNs can be served as a penalty for small-scale fly-tipping offences in lieu of prosecution for a criminal offence.
However, where there are significant amounts of hazardous material, the perpetrator has carried out the tipping in the course of their business, repeat offences have been committed or where the situation meets the public interest for prosecution, the authority will seek to take action through the courts.
NKDC was responsible for more than 80% of all fly-tipping prosecutions taken by Lincolnshire’s seven councils last year, even though it only has around 12% of the total incidents within its borders.
In the 12 months up to March 2016, the authority recorded 987 offences of fly-tipping across its 356 square mile area.
Last month, the council approved mobile CCTV cameras to be deployed at fly-tipping hotspots, adding to the measures it has available to identify offenders.
In summer, signs also went up in places where perpetrators have been successfully prosecuted for leaving their waste.
Councillor Richard Wright, Executive Board Member with responsibility for enforcement, said: “North Kesteven is a beautiful district and we want it to stay that way for our residents and visitors.
“Last year we spent in the region of £75,000 on dealing with fly-tipping, money which could be better spent on services the district wants and needs.”