MORE than a dozen residents have been prosecuted for littering within two weeks.

Basildon Council has dished out prosecutions to 14 residents since the first day of July.

After fixed penalty notices for the initial offences had been ignored or disputed, the council has been successful in gaining all fourteen prosecutions.

The offences came under section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, where a person is guilty of an offence if they throw down, drop or otherwise deposit litter in any place to which this section applies and leaves it.

These recent prosecutions are in addition to the council’s teams having fined almost 300 individuals for fly-tipping since February 2020.

Chairman of Basildon Council’s Enforcement and Public Order Committee Andrew Baggott said: “We realise that the vast majority of residents do the right thing with their waste.

“But fly-tippers and those who drop litter need to be held to account to deter others from this kind of behaviour.

“The message is clear – don’t drop litter and dispose of your waste in the correct way or you will be fined. Thank you to our enforcement and legal teams for their great success in catching and holding these people to account.”

Back in November 2020, the council agreed to contract National Enforcement Solutions (NES) to carry out environmental enforcement on a 12-month trial basis.

This is to support the council’s in-house environmental enforcement team.

Those concerned about fly tipping and wanting to report any dumped rubbish should visit the council’s website on