Fly-tipping hits high street

Fly-tipping hits high street

Bassetlaw District Council took its campaign to reduce fly-tipping direct to Harworth and Bircotes last week with another hard-hitting and thought provoking display.

The Council is highlighting just how much fly-tipping is dumped on its streets, in its laybys and on country lanes by displaying a collection of fly-tipping in prominent locations around the district.

Harworth and Bircotes was the latest town to see just how much waste is dumped in Bassetlaw on average each day and officers were on hand to inform the public of how serious a problem fly-tipping is and what they can do to help tackle it.

On average, it costs the Bassetlaw Tax-Payer more than £115,000 each year to clean up fly-tipping and between April 2018 and March 2019, there were 1,987 individual incidents reported and cleared.

Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council, said; “Unfortunately, fly-tipping is on the increase nationally, especially in rural districts such as Bassetlaw, and the cost is being picked up by us the tax payer. Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and there is no excuse or justification for it.”

Through this campaign the Council is trying to spread the message that it’s ‘your rubbish and your responsibility’. Whether you dispose of it yourself at one of the Household Recycling Centres or pay someone to take it away for you, it is your responsibility to ensure that it is disposed of correctly.

Harworth Ward members have also committed their support for the campaign and Cllr Lynne Schuller, Ward Member for Harworth, said: “Fly-tipping has a tremendous negative impact on our community both financially and by putting additional strain on our services. We hope this campaign will make people think a little more about how they get rid of their waste.”

Cllr David Challinor, Ward Member for Harworth added; “It was a great public exercise and showed the impact that fly tipping can have on a community and blight rural areas. It also made people aware of the additional services that the Council provides to reduce fly-tipping and sends out a clear message that fly-tippers are not welcome in Bassetlaw and we will take action.”

In addition to this campaign, Bassetlaw District Council has joined forces with all Nottinghamshire Councils in addition to Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the Environment Agency to tackle environmental crime.

Branded as the Cleaner Nottinghamshire Group, representatives from across the county are sharing resources and intelligence to investigate fly tipping offences across borders.

Using a system provided by Nottinghamshire Police, agencies are able to share intelligence around illegal waste carriers, vehicles used in fly tipping offences and perpetrators of waste crime.

Cllr Leigh, Chair of the Joint Waste Management Committee for Nottinghamshire added; “A large proportion of fly-tipping takes place because those responsible don’t want to pay for the waste to be disposed of correctly or simply can’t be bothered and expect the Council to clean it up.

“By sharing information with our partners, we will be able to target persistent fly-tippers and those who make a living from waste crime, especially the people who cross Council borders do dump their waste. We hope that this will provide us with another essential tool that we can use to combat fly-tipping and bring fly-tippers to justice.”

Residents and businesses who wish to use waste removal companies can check if they are properly licenced to dispose of their waste. Waste carrier’s licences can be checked on the Environment Agency website https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/index

Residents can help to reduce fly-tipping by:

  • Taking their waste to the Household Recycling Centres. Residents can view more information about the items accepted at Household Recycling Centres by visiting nottinghamshire.gov.uk
  • Using a licensed waste carrier. If residents employ someone to remove their waste, they should always ask to see a waste carrier license and ask for a receipt. If their waste is found to have been fly-tipped, residents could be liable for a fine of up to £5,000 and have to pay for the clean-up costs.
  • Reporting fly-tipping. If residents see a fly-tip taking place, please try to collect the following information: The date, time and location of the fly-tip, the registration number and a description of the vehicle, a description of the person dumping the waste.
  • Residents can report fly-tipping in confidence on the Council’s website, bassetlaw.gov.uk or by calling the Environmental Health team on 01909 533 533.
  • Residents can also book a Bulky Waste Collection through the Council by visiting bassetlaw.gov.uk/bulkywaste. Collections start at £12.50 per item and £9 for each additional item.

Last Updated on Thursday, September 12, 2019