Rugby Borough Council has issued the first £400 fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping in the borough.
Officers from the council’s environmental protection team issued the on-the-spot fines in Brinklow just weeks after new powers were introduced by the Government to support a crackdown on fly-tipping.
The new powers came into force on May 9 and allow councils to issue fixed penalty notices of up to £400 for small-scale offences, from fly-tipping old fridges and sofas to dumping garden waste.
Individuals who fail to pay the fine within 14 days face prosecution, with cases heard by magistrates facing an unlimited fine or up to a year in prison.
Fly-tippers brought before crown court can face up to five years behind bars.
Cllr Lisa Parker, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for the environment and public realm, said: “These new powers provide us with another weapon in the fight against fly-tipping, allowing us to save time and money by dealing with small-scale offences with an on-the-spot fine rather than taking offenders to court.
“The threat of receiving a fixed penalty notice should also act as a wake-up call to selfish individuals who feel it’s acceptable to dump unwanted furniture or appliances by the road.
“It blights our neighbourhoods, costs taxpayers thousands of pounds a year in clean-up costs and threatens the livelihoods of legitimate businesses who dispose of waste in accordance with the law.
“We operate a zero-tolerance policy on fly-tipping in the borough and residents can rest assured we’ll have no hesitation in using all powers at our disposal to deal with the issue.”
The council offers a bulky-waste collection service to residents of the borough. The service includes the collection of furniture and household appliances.
Residents can report fly-tipping incidents at www.rugby.gov.uk/reportaproblem or call 01788 533857.