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Fly -tipping WebWyre Forest District Council has been stepping up its fight against environmental crime in order to keep the district looking good for residents and visitors.

Environmental enforcement officers have issued 30 on-the-spot fines - or Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) - since April for offences including littering, dog fouling, fly-posting and fly-tipping.

Fines range from £75 for littering and fly-posting, to £400 for fly-tipping - although if the matter goes to court, magistrates can impose unlimited fines.

The council is now appealing to residents to help report any environmental offences they come across as they not only make the district untidy, but also expose people to harmful and hazardous materials. 

Cabinet member for operational services Councillor Ian Hardiman said: "We are working very hard to keep Wyre Forest safe, clean and looking good and the majority of our residents and visitors support and appreciate this 

"However there is a minority of people who continue to drop litter in our streets, allow their pets to foul our pavements,  dump waste in our beautiful open spaces and erect illegal signs and banners along our roads. Our message to those responsible is - we will not hesitate to use the powers we have to impose fines for the sake of all law-abiding residents."

Recently, photographs of illegally dumped packaging alongside what appeared to be kitchen units in a local beauty spot were uploaded to Facebook. The council’s enforcement officers gathered evidence and were able to trace the perpetrators.

So the message is that if you pay someone to take your rubbish away you should always check they have a necessary waste carrier's licence. 

If you are not sure the person disposing of the waste is authorised to do so you can call The Environment Agency on 03708 506506 to check.

Cllr Hardiman added: "We would like to ask all residents to help us keep our environment safe, clean and looking good by reporting such incidents by visiting or calling 01562 732528. We will always treat any information passed to us confidentially."

Wyre Forest District Council