We spend £190,000 on clearing up fly tipping across our district…money that could be spent on other services. But did you realise that it’s not just the fly tippers that are liable to prosecution? We are all personally responsible for our waste and how it is disposed of.
Black sacks left outside the designated areas for refuse collection can constitute fly tipping as much as sofas, fridges, builders’ rubble etc, which we trust to a third party to dispose of.
Duty of care
As residents we have a duty of care to ensure our waste is disposed of responsibly and doesn’t find its way into the hands of rogue traders.
Just last month a Loughton man had to pay £1,500 in fines and costs because the person he asked to dispose of some cardboard fly tipped it. Our enforcement team traced it back to the man and he was prosecuted.
Here are a few simple checks to make before you enter into an agreement with someone to dispose of your waste:
- Ask for their waste carrier number and vehicle details and contact the Environment Agency for a free instant waste carrier check
- Ask for a transfer notice or receipt before your waste is taken away
- Check where your waste is going. A legitimate waste carrier should not object to you asking these questions.
- Make a note of who you have given your waste to, their waste carrier details and vehicle details.
You should never leave any waste such as an old washing machine or scrap metal on your drive or in the street for someone to remove. They may not be a registered waste carrier, and could take the bits they need and dump the rest.
You can donate good quality items to your local reuse organisation or charity shop , or give items to someone who could make use of them.
To find out more watch our Crime Not to Care film and please share the message to ensure your friends and family know how to protect themselves, and help us reduce fly-tipping.