Fly-tipping - Report It

Illegally depositing waste on land is commonly known as fly-tipping – from anything as small as a single bin bag upwards. It’s a form of anti-social behaviour that is spoiling our local environment and reducing civic pride. It can also lead to serious pollution of the environment and endanger human health.
If you see a fly-tip, make a note of where it is, take a picture if you can, and note down any other details. Never touch the waste or confront fly-tippers.
Where there is sufficient evidence Dorset Council ( Dorset Waste Partnership (DWP) )will continue to investigate all reported fly-tipping incidents and will attempt to trace and prosecute anyone found to be fly-tipping on public land  
Phone the Town Council on 01202 632070 to report local incidents of fly-tipping. 



Coming clean on litter

Many people say the worst thing about the local environment is litter - and they’re right to be concerned. The facts show that the amount of rubbish blighting our public spaces and countryside is increasing all the time. Here at Lytchett Minster and Upton Town Council we are doing our best to keep your parish clean and tidy. But your help in this campaign is vital!

It costs local authorities more than half a billion pounds each year to clear up litter. There has been a five-fold increase in the litter dropped in the UK since the 1960s, and an estimated 25 million tonnes is dropped each year. This is almost entirely made up of food and drink packaging and is as heavy as 62,500 jumbo jets. In 2007 over 69,000 animals were killed or injured by litter in Britain. Every weekend, 1.3 million pieces of rubbish are dropped on motorways and major trunk roads across England. Over a year, this adds up to an incredible 67.6 million pieces of rubbish, with a third of drivers admitting to throwing litter while on the road.
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The tidiness of all motorways and major trunk roads is the responsibility of the Highways Agency. Complaints about litter or fly-tipping can be made to the Highways Agency Information Line on 08457 50 40 30. If you see a driver throwing litter out of a car window, record the number plate and call the local police.

Responsibility for keeping England’s railways clean is split between Network Rail and the train operating companies. Network Rail manages all railway land in urban areas, land between the tracks and up to 100 metres from the end of the platform, and 17 key railway stations (see footnote for list). To report litter around any of these stations call Network Rail’s National Helpline on 08457 11 41 41.

The remaining 2,500 stations including <name of station> in/near our parish are managed by the train operating companies, who should be contacted directly – or speak to your guard or station staff at your destination.

Hazardous waste

The Environment Agency is responsible for policing large-scale incidents of fly-tipping (more than a lorry load), hazardous waste in drums, and waste dumped in a way that can cause human health problems or serious harm to the environment. Incidents can be reported 24 hours a day to the Environment Agency’s incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

The Environment Agency also investigates unregistered waste carriers and brokers. It’s your responsibility to ensure that waste from your property only goes to authorised waste disposal companies. If the carrier is unauthorised and caught (or your dumped waste is found and traced), you are liable to a £5,000 fine and clean-up costs. You can check whether your tradesman or skip hire is a registered waste carrier by calling the Environment Agency’s general enquiries on 08708 506 506.

Litter attracts more litter, so the problem just becomes worse. Please do your bit to help Lytchett Minster and Upton Town Council in the fight against litter and fly-tipping.

Please note that Upton has a ‘Keep Upton Tidy (KUT)’ group who are working very hard to reduce the amount of litter and fly-tipping in Upton – please contact the office and we can put you in touch.