‘Ignorance is no excuse’: Inverclyde Council issues fly-tipping warning
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‘Ignorance is no excuse’: Inverclyde Council issues fly-tipping warning

Inverclyde Council has urged perpetrators to stop fly-tipping, warning in a no-nonsense statement that “ignorance is no excuse”.

Local authorities have recently encountered particular problems with illegal dumping at local recycling points (NRPs) in the area.

She reminded those responsible that she now has the power to impose fines of £500 after the fine imposed was increased by the Scottish Government from £200 earlier this year.

A council spokesman issued a strong statement: “Ignorance is not an excuse.

“There are signs there and people know not to leave garbage where it shouldn’t be.

“We all want to be proud of Inverclyde but unfortunately the minority can ruin it for the majority.

“The Scottish Government imposed a £500 fine to discourage people. The only alternative to a fine is prosecution – don’t risk it.”

Failure to pay the fine will result in a report being submitted to the fiscal prosecutor and possible initiation of criminal proceedings, the council stated.

It has placed signs near the NRP reminding people that they could be fined if they don’t dispose of trash properly.

The council explained that this includes leaving rubbish on the ground outside of a full bin, putting rubbish in the wrong bin or throwing it where it shouldn’t be.

Workers discovered that landfilled waste was often a mix of domestic waste, discarded from white vans, and commercial waste from businesses.

“Fly tipping is unsightly, unhygienic and can be dangerous to wildlife, so we are urging people to stop doing it,” a council spokesman added.

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