Date: 4 September 2017
Fly-tipping in Essex is draining more than £1 million of taxpayers’ money each year new figures reveal.
Today Love Essex, a partnership of councils, businesses and environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, is launching its #CrimeNotToCare campaign to inform 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 15,103 separate incidents of fly-tipping countywide last year, costing taxpayers’ more than £1 million 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 Brentwood there were 613 incidents in the same period, a fall of 52 on the previous year 2015-16. However, we have seen a 30% increase over several months this year compared with last year.
The number of prosecutions of residents where fly-tipped waste has been traced back to them is also on the rise.
One man was fined £461 and ordered to pay £758 prosecution costs after pleading guilty to failing his household waste duty of care at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court last month.
An Essex resident had allowed a man who knocked at his door to take 40 black sacks of rubbish away for £70 cash, without checking he was authorised to transport the waste – rules he was unaware of.
That rubbish was then fly-tipped in a garage area in Loughton and traced back to the resident.
Brentwood Borough Council’s Chair of the Environment & Enforcement Panel, Cllr Keith Parker, Chair, 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 Brentwood Borough Council is 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 £50million a year. It blights communities and our countryside and is a menace.”
Ensure you don’t fall foul of the law, visit http://www.recycleforessex.com/crimenottocare for advice.
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