ALMOST £5,000 in fixed penalty notices were issued in Carmarthenshire in February for environmental offences.

The fines were issued for offences including fly-tipping, littering and dog fouling.

An Ammanford resident was fined £125 for dropping a cigarette on the ground outside the town’s Tesco, while a Carmarthen van driver also received the same fine after discarding a cigarette butt out his window as he was driving on an industrial estate in Cross Hands.

A Ceredigion smoker was also hit with a £125 fine for throwing a cigarette butt on the ground in the car park of McDonald’s in Carmarthen.

A Carmarthen resident was also issued with a fine after dumping two bags of dog faeces down a kerbside drain in Pensarn.

£125 fines were also issued to a Swansea resident for depositing a bird cage on the ground at Burry Port recycling facility, a Llanpumsaint resident for dumping an electrical item on the ground at a recycling point at Morrisons in Carmarthen, and a Neath resident for putting domestic waste in a trade waste bin in Caple Hendre

Eleven separate £125 fines were issued to Carmarthenshire residents for discarding items including black bags of rubbish, plastic baskets and glass on the ground of the Burry Port recycling facility, while a Pontyates resident was fined for leaving a bag of glass on the floor at Carway recycling facility.

A number of fixed penalty notices were also issued for fly-tipping offences.

These included a two St Clears residents for dumping waste at the St Clears recycling facility – one dumping two household waste bags and the other leaving two bags of clothing on the ground.

A Erwau’r Garn resident was fined for dumping “several” black bags of general waste at the Carway recycling facility and a Llanelli resident dumped a blue bag containing household waste and a cardboard box of items at Burry Port recycling facility.

A Carmarthen resident was also caught dumping three black bin bags on Water Street in the town.

Fixed penalty notices were issued to residents in Llanelli, Carmarthen and Burry Port for offences including contaminated bags, bags being put out on the wrong day, and waste not being contained within the bags.

Two £100 fines were issued for dog fouling offences.

35 notices were issued to residents within the county for failing to comply with Carmarthenshire County Council’s waste collection scheme, while 14 notices were issued under the Environment Protection Act 1990 to businesses within the county requiring them to put measures in place to have their waste collected and disposed of by an authorised waste carrier.  

The council’s environment enforcement team issued a total of 29 fixed penalty notices during February totalling £4,875.

Cllr Aled Vaughan Owen, cabinet member for climate change, decarbonisation and sustainability, said: “The ongoing work and excellent results of the council’s environment enforcement team shows the council’s commitment to clamping down on environmental offences committed in Carmarthenshire.

“I would encourage anyone disposing of waste via the household collection service or at recycling centres to do so responsibly.”

To report fly-tipping visit the council’s website or call 01267 234567.