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Press Release

Campaign to tackle menace of fly-tipping in Essex

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.

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 here https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers
  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.

Note to editors:

  • Breakdown of countywide statistics – Waiting on WCAs for data on this
  • Campaign will launch on 4th September 2017
  • Love Essex campaigns are run by the Cleaner Essex Group, which consists of Local Authorities across the county, Essex County Council, Keep Britain Tidy and business including McDonalds and KFC
  • Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity that cares for the world on your doorstep. We campaign to eliminate litter, reduce waste and to improve our public spaces. We run programmes including the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces, the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for beaches and the Eco-Schools programme. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our campaigns and programmes, visit www.keepbritaintidy.org
  • Keep Britain Tidy carried out research to understand residents attitudes to duty of care. This was a face to face omnibus survey conducted by Ipsos MORI in September 2016 on behalf of Keep Britain Tidy with 1,133 adults in England aged 18+.
  • Partners for the Crime not to care campaign include:
    • Basildon Borough Council
    • Braintree District Council
    • Brentwood Borough Council
    • Chelmsford City Council
    • Colchester Borough Council
    • Epping Forest District Council
    • Harlow Council
    • Rochford
    • Tendring District Council
    • Uttlesford District Council
    • Essex County Council
    • Keep Britain Tidy

Media Contact: Safira Ali

Tel: 01277 312895

Email: safira.ali@brentwood.gov.uk