Ac­tion stepped up to thwart fly-tip­pers

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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

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