Dorset Council

Published: 16 April 2020

Dorset Council news
Fly-tipping: How you can help us tackle it during the pandemic
Fly-tipping: How you can help us tackle it during the pandemic
Posted on
April 15, 2020 No Comments
on Fly-tipping: How you can help us tackle it during the pandemic
With household recycling centres (HRCs) currently closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Dorset Council is asking people to help them in the fight against fly-tipping.
Trips to a household recycling centre are not listed under central government reasons for essential travel, so we have had to temporarily close them. Opening them for any amount of time would contravene public health advice that we, as the local authority, are obligated to comply with.
We are requesting that any waste that would usually need to be taken to an HRC should just be kept to one side until they reopen. However, there will unfortunately always be a handful of selfish and anti-social individuals who will fly-tip waste and use the HRC closures to justify their illegal behaviour, even during this unprecedented crisis.
Early fly-tipping figures from late March and early April have not shown a significant year-on-year increase, but officers are hesitant to read too much into this data as reporting is likely to be impacted by fewer people travelling around the county and spotting fly-tips as they isolate at home.
To help us fight against fly-tipping, the waste service’s Enforcement Team – who are continuing to operate at this time – have asked for residents to note the following: –
Report it – If you spot a fly-tip, don’t assume we know about it. Fly-tips can be reported to the Council online and by phone. We will investigate all reported incidents and, where there is enough evidence, attempt to trace and prosecute those responsible
Make sure you’re covered – Rubbish you’ve handed to someone else is still your legal responsibility until it is correctly disposed of. If someone – such as an unlicensed ‘man in a van’ found on social media – were to fly-tip that waste, you could end up paying a fine or being taken to court.
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence, punishable of fines of up to £50,000- or 12-months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrate’s Court. The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court.
Cllr Tony Alford, Dorset Council’s portfolio holder for Customer, Community and Regulatory Services, said:
“Now more than ever, we need people to keep us informed when they spot fly-tips. We want residents to help us by keeping their waste to one side until things get back to normal, and to check who they’re handing their waste to.
We know the temporary closure of household recycling centres is likely to cause a rise in fly-tipping, so we’re keeping a close eye on the situation, reviewing central government guidance and planning every day so we can re-open the HRCs at the earliest opportunity.
But there are no excuses for fly-tipping. It’s unsightly and damaging to the environment. We all have a part to play in stopping this anti-social behaviour and by working together I know we can make a positive impact.
It’s also worth noting that Dorset Police are still out on the roads at this time checking where people are travelling to and may have some questions if they look in a vehicle and find waste that would typically be dropped at an HRC.”
Dorset residents can find out more by visiting the Tip Off webpage. Fly-tipping incidents can be reported online or by calling 01305 221040.
Posted in Dorset Council, Dorset Waste Partnership, Dorset wide, Environment, Featured articles
Tagged coronavirus, covid-19, dump, fly tipping, Garden waste, Household Recycling Centres, HRC, Recycling, rubbish, tip, Waste