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Christmas tree fly-tipper is first to receive on-the-spot £400 fine

Published 23rd March 2018

Sandwell Council's enforcement team caught a fly-tipper red-handed as they tried to dump a number of Christmas trees in a Smethwick street.

The council's enforcement team reacted quickly to a report from a member of the public about the incident in Woodburn Road on Tuesday 13 March and caught the fly-tipper in the act.

It's the first time someone has received an on-the-spot fine since the council began issuing £400 fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping last May.

It takes the total number of £400 fines issued for fly-tipping since May to 47.

Councillor Elaine Costigan, Sandwell Council's cabinet member for public health and protection, said: "I would like to thank the quick-thinking member of the public who reported this and our enforcement officers for reacting so swiftly to be able to issue an on-the-spot fine.

"This is another success in our ongoing fly-tipping crackdown, which includes issuing fines and having CCTV in hotspots."

The council has seen a sharp fall in fly-tipping reports since the enforcement team began its work last May, with fines issued for dumped rubbish including black bags, old toys, bricks, boxes, rubble, furniture, white goods, clothes, trade waste and garden waste.

Report fly-tipping online or call 0121 368 1177.