A new county wide campaign will launch at the start of May which aims to reduce the number of fly-tipping incidents across Northamptonshire and help the public to dispose of their waste legally.
The new campaign has been led by the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership and involves all district and borough councils of the county, Northamptonshire county council and support from Northamptonshire Police, the Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency and the National Farmers Union.
Leaving waste items on the street for others to take, outside of a closed Household Waste Recycling Centre or next to a street litter bins are all examples of fly-tipping. These types of fly-tips have contributed to the 22,000 fly-tipping incidents that were removed in Northamptonshire in 2017/18. The cost to dispose of fly tipping across the county to Northamptonshire tax payers for the same period is around £313.000. The costs for collection, investigation and enforcements in relation to fly-tipping are an additional financial burden to the council tax payer each year.
Everyone has a duty of care to ensure that their waste is disposed of responsibly. It’s important that residents and businesses alike carry out the necessary checks to ensure their contractors are properly licensed so they don’t end up in court being prosecuted for fly-tipping which could result in an unlimited fine and / or imprisonment.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to follow the campaign’s S.C.R.A.P. code, which provides a check list to follow when arranging one-off collections of waste.
• Suspect all waste carriers; do not let them take your waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate.
• Check their waste carrier’s registration details, then verify them by searching the Environment Agency or by calling 03708 506 506.
• Refuse unsolicited offers to have any rubbish taken away.
• Ask what exactly is going to happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately.
• Paperwork should be obtained. Make sure you get a proper invoice, waste transfer note or a receipt for your waste removal – this should give a description of the waste and provide the waste carrier’s contact details.
Councillor Tim Allebone, Chairman of the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, said:
‘I welcome this new campaign and hope that the information provided in the leaflets, on our website and through social media will help residents to understand what affect even one piece of fly-tipping has, not just on our community, but on Northamptonshire as a whole. The S.C.R.A.P code is easy to follow and will help people to carry out the necessary checks to ensure their contractors are properly licensed and will dispose of their waste legally.
‘Fly-tipping blights our country-side and town centre areas and we are therefore continuing to work with our partners to crack down on fly-tippers. Everyone has a responsibility to ensure their waste is disposed of legally and failure to do so could result in prosecution.’