Be proud of where you live. Fly-tipping warning over dumping Christmas rubbish

Thirteen is asking everyone to dispose of their rubbish responsibly and remember that fly-tipping is a crime.

Flytipping Investigator Landscape

21 Dec 2021

Where cases of fly-tipped rubbish have evidence within them, the specialist flytipping investigators won’t hesitate in reporting it to the local authorities for action.

Head of estate services Michael Hall said: “We know that general house-hold waste increases over Christmas and there’s a risk of cardboard boxes and food packaging being carelessly dumped on our streets.

“We want everyone to remember that fly-tipping is a crime. It’s dangerous and irresponsible. For those who take pride in their community, it is a real shame.

“Our estates team take great pride in creating neighbourhoods where we want our customers to be proud to live. Rubbish being dumped on the streets makes the estates look run-down and untidy. But the team won’t just be clearing up rubbish, we want people to be prosecuted for their actions.

“There’s hidden CCTV cameras in some areas and this is helping us to catch the culprits, but we want communities to help by reporting fly-tipping.

“Recently we’ve seen the incidents of fly-tipping begin to reduce on the land that we manage and we want it to improve even further.

“When we find personal information within the rubbish, it’s investigated sent to the local authority to ensure those responsible are prosecuted. We’ve seen many fines for hundreds of pounds issued and there’s many more being processed. 

“Unfortunately, waste disposal and household clearance services are some of the culprits, so please be careful when you choose who you’re asking to take away your rubbish.  They’ll go from door to door charging money to take rubbish away, but then dump the waste.

“Many people aren’t aware of the serious consequences. They face a fine and the trader found to be fly-tipping could face an unlimited fine or a prison sentence.

“If you’re asking someone to dispose of your rubbish, always carry out the relevant checks if you’re paying for waste to be disposed of, and ask the company for their waste carrier registration and always get a receipt, before you hand over your waste and your money.

“We’re continuing to work closely with partner organisations and local authorities to put a stop to this.

“I’d like to thank members of the community who report fly-tipping to us.

“We’re asking everyone to help make their community a better place to live – if you see it, please report it.”

You can report fly-tipping by completing a simple form on our website.