Fly-tipping hits high street

Bassetlaw District Council will be highlighting how much fly-tipping is dumped on its streets, in its lay-bys and on country lanes with a hard-hitting display on Worksop’s high street next week.

On Wednesday 26th June, a collection of fly-tipping that represents how much waste is dumped in Bassetlaw on average each day will appear on Bridge Street in Worksop to show the public 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.

“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,” said Cllr Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council.

“Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and there is no excuse or justification for it. 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.

“Through this campaign we are 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.”

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 at 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 Friday, August 02, 2019