The littering of face masks in public locations are among the latest fines handed out in Rushcliffe, thanks to a new partnership.
Rushcliffe Borough Council joined up with Waste Investigations Support and Enforcement (WISE) on January 5 which has so far resulted in hundreds of fixed penalty notices for environmental related offences.
It has also seen 10 fixed penalty notices issued for discarding face masks.
The authority has tasked WISE to undertake increased environmental crime enforcement which sees its officers employed seven days a week.
They will investigate all forms of environmental crimes including fly-tipping, waste offences, littering and dog fouling.
WISE are targeting those who don’t dispose of their waste in a responsible way, or hand it over to non-registered waste carriers or create eyesores through dropping litter or failing to pick up their dog’s waste.
Anyone caught fly-tipping can be issued with a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice or if they are observed littering or failing to pick up after their dog’s waste, will be issued with an on the spot £100 fine.
Rushcliffe Borough Council’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods Cllr Rob Inglis said: “We’re pleased with the level of action since the partnership began showing we will not tolerate fly-tipping, dog fouling or littering in Rushcliffe.
“The issues are a real frustration for many residents and it’s particularly disappointing that a minority of people still believe it is okay to just dump their rubbish wherever they fancy including face masks.
“Dumping waste is anti-social behaviour and impacts on our environment. There is never an excuse to mess up our Borough in this way and these fines show that we will not hesitate to take action.”
WISE’s Managing Director John Dunne added: “Our aim is to reduce environmental crime for the long term and we’re continuing to work in an ‘intelligence led’ manner working with individuals and businesses to ensure Rushcliffe is clean and tidy.
“This ensures a robust but always proportionate method. Our officers openly communicate with members of the public and business owners with the goal of making Rushcliffe a better place to live and work.”
Failure to pay a Fixed Penalty Notice may result in prosecution being brought and a much higher fine being imposed by the Court as well as a potential criminal record.