As part of a hard hitting fly-tipping campaign launched by the Suffolk Waste Partnership (SWP), a series of county-wide ‘Tip-Off’ stop and search activities are starting this month.
The partnership secured £25,800 of funding from Defra to tackle the serious issue of dumping unwanted waste illegally across the county.
Councils have been working closely alongside local landowner organisations and enforcement agencies from April of this year.
Officers from local district and borough councils will be patrolling the roads of Suffolk alongside Police officers to carry out checks of commercial vehicles and inspect waste carrier licences and waste transfer documentation. Those found to be transporting illegally may be issued with fixed penalty fines of £300.
Waste transported by rogue carriers often ends up fly-tipped in an attempt to avoid proper disposal charges. This activity not only harms the environment, but also presents unfair competition to companies who deal with waste in accordance with the law.
From April 2011 to March 2012 the SWP cleared up nearly 3,000 separate fly-tipping incidents. Landowners have to arrange to clear waste dumped on their land themselves, at additional cost.
The ‘Tip-Off’ campaign, which will run until March 2014, aims to improve the prevention, reporting, investigation and clearing of fly-tipped waste whilst reducing their associated costs across Suffolk by;
Increasing the number of convictions for fly-tipping incidents in the county and publishing the names of those convicted
Liaising with landowners to help them reduce the incidents of fly-tipping on their land
Promoting the fee-paying option for small and medium sized enterprises to take waste to Household Waste Recycling Centres
Helping streamline the reporting process across the county so that everyone knows how to report fly-tipping incidents
Exploring options to help landowners deal with fly-tipped waste from private land effectively and at least cost
Councillor Andrew Nunn, Chairman of the Suffolk Waste Partnership said; “Fly- tipping is a serious source of pollution and poses a threat to public health and our local environment. This campaign will help us to inform people about their duty of care to prevent waste ending up in the wrong place. “Fly-tipping cost taxpayers in Suffolk £265,000 last year - by preventing fly-tipping in the first place, these costs can be kept to a minimum.
“We welcome the opportunity to help reduce the number of fly-tipping incidents in Suffolk and work in partnership with all those affected by this criminal behaviour.”