A business owner has paid the price after admitting to fly-tipping in Dunstable.
Following a tip-off from residents, Central Bedfordshire Council officers attended a small fly-tip in Beech Road on October 10.
When they examined the waste they found evidence which led them to a local business owner.
He admitted dumping the waste when interviewed and due to the small scale of the fly-tipping, was given a £300 fixed penalty notice.
This was promptly paid at the reduced rate of £200 – applicable for fines paid within eight days.
Councillor Brian Spurr, Executive Member for Community Services, said: “This man was only caught out thanks to residents and the council’s anti-social behaviour and statutory nuisance team working together in an area which has seen a recent rise in fly-tipping incidents.
“Being able to issue a fixed penalty notice rather than having to go through the courts thanks to a recent change in the law means that fly-tippers can be dealt with quickly.
“I hope that this will deter any would-be fly-tippers and also demonstrates to residents that we take their concerns about waste being dumped seriously.”
This is the second fixed penalty notice that the council has issued for fly-tipping.
They are for smaller instances while people found responsible for dumping larger amounts of waste will face prosecution through the courts and a maximum fine of £50,000 or imprisonment.
To report an instance of fly-tipping, call 0300 300 8302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.