Fly-tippers targeted by council

People are being reminded that fly-tipping is a crime as a scheme is aiming to stop it. Allerdale Council is taking part in a multi-agency initiative called Operation Respect, alongside partners including Cumbria Police, the county council and local housing associations. If caught, fly-tipping will result in a fine (up to GBP50,000) and possibly a prison sentence.

Offenders may also be prosecuted if items can be traced back to them, even if they didn’t dump them. Items that are dumped illegally often include sofas, carpets, TVs, rubble, mattresses, fridges and general waste. Fly-tipping can be as small as a single item or bag of rubbish, or a truck load of waste.

Local councils are responsible for clearing the waste from public land.

There’s more information about fly-tipping and what you can do to prevent it on the Allerdale website: www.allerdale.gov.uk/flytipping/