Suffolk residents are being urged to dispose of their waste safely to protect the countryside as part of a new fly-tipping campaign.
Last year in Suffolk there were 3496 incidents of fly-tipping reported to councils which costs taxpayers and landowners hundreds of thousands of pounds to clear. Incidents ranged in size from a few bags of household waste left on street corners up to tipper loads of industrial waste discarded in Suffolk’s countryside.
The SCRAP fly-tipping campaign is aimed at residents and businesses whose waste is sometimes fly-tipped by unlicensed operators. It aims to remind people that they should only allow licensed waste carriers to take waste away for them.
The fly-tipping campaign brings together all of Suffolk’s councils, along with the Environment Agency, Suffolk Constabulary, the Forestry Commission, the Broads Authority and rural business groups the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).
Peter Stevens, chair of the Suffolk Waste Partnership, said:
“Fly-tipping is a blight on our local environment; a source of pollution; a potential danger to public health and a hazard to wildlife. This campaign will help us to inform householders and others about their duty of care to prevent waste ending up in the wrong place.”
Paul West, cabinet member for waste at Suffolk County Council said:
“This campaign will raise awareness of the simple steps that members of the public can take to ensure their waste doesn’t end up dumped in the corner of a field or on a roadside verge.
“We look forward to working with our partners to tackle fly-tipping.”
The campaign reminds people to check that they should only allow licensed waste carriers to take waste away for them. This can be checked by either asking to see their Waste Carrier Licence or by looking up the company, either on the Environment Agency website or by telephoning 03708 506 506.
The Suffolk Waste Partnership says people can avoid an unlimited fine by following the SCRAP code:
• Suspect ALL waste carriers.
• Check with the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 that the provider taking your waste away is licensed.
• Refuse unexpected offers to have waste taken away.
• Ask what will happen to your waste.
• Paperwork should be obtained – get a full receipt.
For more information about fly-tipping and legal ways to get rid of unwanted items, please see the Suffolk Recycling website.