Council has welcomed a conviction in the case of a local man who received a £500 fine for fly tipping.
The vast majority of people in the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area continue to play their part in recycling and properly disposing of their household waste, so that we can keep our community tidy and safe for all.
Unfortunately, however, we witnessed an almost 30% increase in fly tipping in our borough from 1 January to 31 July 2020.
Our Enforcement Officers have been working in partnership with a number of agencies to address the issue, including Northern Ireland Water, Woodland Trust, Forestry Service, Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Northern Ireland Electricity, Social Housing Associations and private owners/occupiers.
Enforcement action has been taken in instances where fly tipping continues to be reported, and our statistics show that some 48% of fly tipping has occurred in the Ballymena area alone.
Enforcement in known hotspots continues to be a priority for our Teams.
A Council spokesperson welcomed the successful prosecution, adding: “The outcome in this case generated a hefty bill for the individual concerned. As well as receiving a £500 fine for littering (fly tipping), he was ordered to pay a court fee of £22, professional costs of £300 and an Offender Levy of £15.
“The total he will now have to pay is £837, an outcome he could have avoided if he had brought the items of waste to his local Household Recycling Centre.”
We would encourage anyone who wishes to report a fly tipping incident to use our Reportable App at https://www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/Reportable