Fly-tipper forced to pay more than £1,200 after dumping in West Tilbury

A FLY-tipper had their vehicle seized and had to pay out £1,260 in fines and costs after council Environmental Enforcement Officers tracked them down using CCTV evidence.

Officers seized the vehicle from outside a home in Blackshots yesterday (Wednesday 11 May) and it has been returned to the owner after they admitted fly-tipping in West Tilbury in February 2022 and paid £1,000 in fines and £260 in costs.

Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: “We have once again shown that we take a proactive and decisive approach to tackling those that think they can dump their waste wherever they like in our borough.

“Fly-tipping is a selfish act that shows contempt for the borough and its residents. In the last year it has cost Thurrock’s Council Tax payers more than £200,000 to clear the waste that has been fly-tipped here.

“In the past year Thurrock Council has seized six vehicle and issued 231 fixed penalty notices (FPN) in relation to fly-tipping. Since the start of April this year three vehicles have been seized and 21 FPNs issued for fly-tipping.

“This should send a strong message to anyone who thinks they can get away with illegally dumping waste here. Our officers investigate all fly-tips and will use all means necessary to bring fly-tippers to justice.

“There is absolutely no justification for fly-tipping, our Household Waste and Recycling Centre is open seven days a week and is free for all residents to use to safely and properly dispose of their waste.”

The best way to report fly-tipping is through the council website at: thurrock.gov.uk/fly-tipping.

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