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Campaign to tackle menace of fly-tipping

Fly-tipping in Essex is draining more than £1 million of taxpayers' money each year, new figures reveal.

Litter Pick 2015

Today (4 September) Love Essex - a partnership of councils, including Uttlesford District Council, businesses and environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy - is launching its #CrimeNotToCare campaign to remind residents they could unwittingly end up with a criminal record and face an unlimited fine, if a rogue trader dumps their waste illegally.

Cllr Simon Walsh, Essex County Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: "There were 17,547 separate incidents of fly-tipping countywide last year, costing taxpayers' £1,093,907 to clear up - money that could have been better spent on vital services.

"Almost 50% of people don't know they're responsible by law if their rubbish is fly-tipped by a third party. We hope CrimeNotToCare will educate people on how to dispose of their waste correctly to ensure they don't end up with a criminal record and a hefty fine."

In Uttlesford alone there were 193 reported incidents of fly-tipping in 2016/17, and 189 in 2015/16.

Cllr Susan Barker, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said:"We need the public to understand their rubbish is their responsibility and they must do the right thing with it. Giving it to a 'man with a van' who offers to get rid of it cheaply could prove costly for people and result in them getting a criminal record."

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton added: "#CrimeNotToCare is an important campaign for our country and we are delighted that Uttlesford District Council, as part of Love Essex, is partnering with us.

"There are almost a million fly-tipping incidents in England every year and cleaning it all up costs us £50 million a year. It blights communities and our countryside and is a menace."

Ensure you don't fall foul of the law - visit the Recycle of Essex site for advice.
 

Top tips to dispose of waste correctly

1) If you use a trader to remove your waste ask to see their waste carrier registration number issued by the Environment Agency. It is illegal for them to take your waste if they don't have a permit. Check their credentials and vehicle details.

2) Make sure you get a receipt or transfer notice before your waste is taken away

3) Don't be afraid to ask where your waste is going and request paperwork that shows where it will be disposed. A legitimate waste carrier will not object to this questioning.

4) Protect yourself by being careful with your waste. Never leave rubbish, such as old washing machines or scrap metal on your drive or in the street as it could end up in the wrong hands. You can donate working items to reuse organisations or charity shops.

4 September 2017