Action stepped up to thwart fly-tippers
SEFTON Council has taken extra steps this festive period to combat Christmas fly-tipping outside South Sefton recycling centre.
Working in partnership with Veolia and Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority (MRWA), Sefton council’s environmental enforcement team wants to deter those who dump rubbish outside the centre on Irlam Road, Bootle when it is closed during the festive season.
Despite it only being shut for three days during the holiday period (December 25, 26 and January 1) irresponsible people will leave their rubbish outside the centre.
Last year, 16 fixed penalty notices (FPN) were issued to fly-tippers.
This year, CCTV cameras will be in place to catch them, with anyone doing so facing a £400 penalty.
Failure to pay will result in a prosecution and those found guilty will face significant fines.
Signs will also be erected near the site and regular messages will be circulated via the council’s social media to remind residents of their responsibilities.
Cllr Paulette Lappin, Sefton’s cabinet member for regulation and compliance, said: “There is no excuse for this kind of irresponsible behaviour and most residents are well aware that leaving waste like this is fly-tipping.
“Information on collection services and recycling services during the Christmas holidays, as well as recycling centre opening times, is readily available to residents via both the council and Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority websites.
“South Sefton recycling centre will be closed for just three days during the Christmas and New Year period so there is no need for irresponsible people to fly-tip their rubbish outside on the public highway.
“Those that still ignore the many warnings run the risk of prosecution and significant fines.
“We actively encourage people to play their part in keeping the local area clean and green, and everyone has a responsibility for maintaining the environment where they live.”
Residents can report any instances of fly-tipping online via www.sefton.gov. uk/flytipping.
Fly-tipping is a problem outside the recycling centre at Christmas