A fly-tipper had their vehicle seized and had to pay out £1,260 in fines and costs after council Environmental Enforcement Officers tracked them down using CCTV evidence.
Officers seized the vehicle from outside a home in Blackshots yesterday (Wednesday 11 May). It has been returned to the owner after they admitted fly-tipping in West Tilbury in February 2022 and paid £1,000 in fines, plus £260 in costs.
Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: "We have once again shown that we take a proactive and decisive approach to tackling those that think they can dump their waste wherever they like in our borough.
"Fly-tipping is a selfish act that shows contempt for the borough and its residents. In the last year it has cost Thurrock's Council Tax payers more than £200,000 to clear the waste that has been fly-tipped here.
"In the past year Thurrock Council has seized 6 vehicles and issued 231 fixed penalty notices (FPN) in relation to fly-tipping. Since the start of April this year, 3 vehicles have been seized and 21 FPNs issued for fly-tipping.
"This should send a strong message to anyone who thinks they can get away with illegally dumping waste here. Our officers investigate all fly-tips and will use all means necessary to bring fly-tippers to justice.
"There is absolutely no justification for fly-tipping. Our Household Waste and Recycling Centre is open 7 days a week and is free for all residents to use to safely and properly dispose of their waste."
The best way to report fly-tipping is at thurrock.gov.uk/fly-tipping
Photo below: the vehicle being seized.