A 31 year old man from Salisbury has become the first person in Wiltshire to receive a Fixed Penalty Notice for fly-tipping after he was fined £400 last week (29 June 2016). The man was fined by Wiltshire Council for tipping household waste, contrary to environmental legislation. This is the first Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) issued by Wiltshire Council following changes to The Environmental Protection Act 1990 earlier this year which has allowed local authorities in England to issue FPNs for fly-tipping since May 2016. The change provides local authorities with a more efficient and proportionate response to small-scale fly-tipping of waste. A Wiltshire Council officer attended Croucheston Drove, Bishopstone near Salisbury on Tuesday, 1 March after a report was received that waste had been illegally deposited there. The officer seized evidence from the waste, which resulted in the 31 year old male being interviewed under caution. During the interview he made a full admission that he had illegally deposited the waste. Philip Whitehead, cabinet member for highways, said: “Fly-tipping is a significant blight on our local environment, a source of pollution, a potential danger to public health, a hazard to wildlife, and it is a drain on the council’s precious resources. “It also undermines legitimate waste businesses as unscrupulous operators can undercut those operating within the law. This new FPN will be a significant additional tool available to us in combating this illegal activity”.