Thanet District Council has brought two prosecutions for flytipping offences after rubbish was found in a Margate alleyway and in Millennium Way, Broadstairs.
In one prosecution a woman was fined £311 plus a massive £518 in costs and a £31 victim surcharge for a breach of the duty of care of her waste. The charge was in relation to waste found in Millennium Way, Broadstairs.
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A second offender was fined £120 with £200 costs and a £30 victim surcharge for a fly-tip in the alleyway that runs between Milton Avenue and Osborne Terrace, Margate.
A Thanet council statement says: “Thanet District Council is determined to tackle environmental crime and its Streetscene Enforcement officers are cracking down on those who dump waste.
“The council is forced to invest considerable resources each year into cleaning up fly-tipped waste in the district and fully investigates sites where fly-tipping has taken place.
“All householders have a duty of care to ensure their waste is properly disposed of. It is why people should only give their waste to registered waste carriers. Not doing so can result in a fine of £50,000 and up to 5 years imprisonment.
“The message is clear – anyone found to be fly-tipping in the district can be assured that the council will seek the harshest penalties from the court.”
Anyone who witnesses instances of fly-tipping is encouraged to report it online or via the My Thanet App.