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Higher fines for environmental crime are introduced across West Northamptonshire

01 February 2024

Fly tipping

People who illegally drop their litter, dump items by fly-tipping, graffiti and do not follow their household duty of care will now face higher fines as West Northamptonshire Council (WNC) rolls out increased fines for environmental crime.

The higher amount that anyone found committing these crimes in West Northamptonshire increased on 1 February 2024. To help strengthen councils in their fight against waste crime, Government has laid a statutory instrument increasing the upper limits for various fixed penalty notices (FPNs). The costs for these crimes in West Northamptonshire will be:

  • The maximum amount those caught fly-tipping has increased from £400 to £1,000
  • The maximum amount those who litter or graffiti has increased from £150 to £500.
  • The maximum amount those who breach their household waste duty of care could be fined has increased from £400 to £600. For example, using an unlicensed waste carrier to remove rubbish which is then fly-tipped illegally.

WNC is one many Councils adopting these increased fine levels, while some other local authorities will follow in April.

Fly-tipping and other environmental crimes are unacceptable and impact every one of us in our communities. They spoil our streets, parks and open spaces, create an environmental hazard, and the clean-up costs and work involved to remove waste place a significant financial burden both on our council and on private landowners.

Through the hard work of our environmental crime team, we have made a head start on creating a cleaner community for everyone and the increased penalty for these crimes further supports our commitment to tackling this.
Cllr David Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Engagement and Regulatory Services

To find out more about householder duty of care, and to report an environmental crime visit

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