Environmental Enforcement - Making Merthyr Tydfil a cleaner, greener place

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  • 09 Oct 2017
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Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council (MTCBC) wants to work with businesses and residents to clean up the County Borough and has has employed two Environmental Enforcement Officers who will be responsible for educating and enforcing offences relating to littering and dog fouling.

Deliberate offenders will be offered the opportunity to discharge liability by paying a fixed penalty notice of £85.

Officers will give people the opportunity to pick up their litter if it is dropped accidentally and will not have set targets and the aim is not to make money, but to have a cleaner borough for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the definition of litter?

  • Litter has no strict definition, it includes ANYTHING that is discarded

How do I report someone who has littered or a heavily littered area that needs patrolling?

Do I have to give my name and address to an officer?

  • It is a Criminal Offence under Section 88(8B) of the Environmental Protection Act for a person to fail to provide an Enforcement Officer with their full name and address, or provide a false name or address. The maximum penalty for such a refusal is £1,000 and a criminal conviction in the Magistrate’s Court.

Is there an early payment discount?

  • There are no reductions for early payment.

What happens if I don’t pay my FPN?

  • An offender will be given 14 days following the date of issue to pay a FPN.  If they fail to do so, the Council will seek a conviction through the Magistrate’s Court.  If convicted, the offender will receive a criminal record and a fine of up to £2500.  This is due to environmental offences being Criminal in nature and not Civil.

Is the Council using this to generate income?

  • This will not be used as a way to generate income. The only reason for enforcement action is to clean up the streets within the borough and to educate offenders.

Are the Environmental Enforcement Officers paid commission for issuing FPNs?

  • Environmental Enforcement Officers are not on commission and are salaried. This does not increase regardless of the amount of FPNs issued and no incentives are offered.  

Can I appeal against my FPN?

  • If you are served a Fixed Penalty Notice by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council, but you disagree that you have committed an offence or feel that it was unreasonable for us to serve the FPN, you can appeal, in writing to The Head of Neighbourhood Services, Civic Centre, Castle Street, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8AN.

Should the Council put signs up if they are issuing FPNs?

  • We are not required to place signs in every street, road, highway and open park/space to tell people not to litter. Littering is a criminal offence and has been for many years.

Why should I pay my FPN when there was no bin around to discard my litter?

  • It is not possible to place litter bins on every street, road or highway. Every effort is made to place bins where they are most needed such as, town centres and shopping areas. Where bins are not available it is up to you to ask responsibly and take your litter home or carry it until a bin is available.

Will I still be given an FPN if I offer to pick my litter up?

  • The offence relates to deliberately dropping, throwing or depositing litter and leaving it. Where or not you choose to pick your litter up afterwards, you have committed an offence and will be issued with an FPN.

Contact Information

If you have any queries or would like further information regarding the Environmental Enforcement Team or any of our community groups please telephone Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council on 01685 725000 or alternatively email Environmental.Enforcement@merthyr.gov.uk

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