Four months ago Birmingham County Council created the Waste Enforcement Unit to deal with the widespread fly-tipping blighting the city following the introduction of green waste collection charges last year.
The unit has dealt with over 900 complaints of illegally dumped waste since it was set up and has so far issued 128 fixed penalty notices, 17 fines against businesses and has 19 criminal prosecutions under way. These details come as council bins chief Lisa Trickett faced a council watchdog committee to face questions over rubbish and refuse collection.
Councilor Trickett stressed that the fines and prosecutions were a last resort and the unit will first demand that people clear up the waste. She also stated that by forming such a unit would show that the council “will not tolerate the actions of an extremely small minority of people that have no regard for the upkeep of our city.”
Fly-tipping has become a major problem for Birmingham since the introduction of a £35 per-year charge last spring to collect grass cuttings from homes. The council claimed that it could no longer afford a universally free collection.
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