INDIVIDUALS who are caught fly-tiping will be faced with a larger fine after the council increased the fixed penalty notices.

The fine has been raised from £300 to £400 to meet the national maximum, acting as a strong deterrent to those responsible for fly tipping.

Householders who are caught passing waste to unregistered waste carriers will also face a £250 fine under Section 34(2A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, a Duty of Care offence.

Wendy Lowder said: “This is great development to continue cracking down on those who choose to blight our beautiful borough with illegal waste. As part of our Everybody Think campaign, we’d like to share a thank you for all of your support, together we are making the difference.

“Fixed penalty notices are just one of the tools we use to deal with fly tipping offences. Our enforcement team have had some fantastic results securing prosecutions against people who illegally deposit waste. The increased fine and a new issuing power is another step in the right direction.”