Published Thursday, 11 April 2019
Warmer weather combined with a long bank holiday weekend means that for many people, Easter is the ideal time for a spring clean or spruce-up.
But every year the bustle of cleaning and decluttering in homes and gardens across the borough also heralds some seriously bad news for our natural environment; fly-tipping.
Fly-tipping can be anything from a bin bag of rubbish left in the street to truckloads of construction or demolition waste dumped on land or at the side of highways. The majority of residents are conscientious about ensuring their waste is dealt with correctly, via Waverley’s kerbside collection service, visiting their local Community Recycling Centre or by paying for the services of a licenced trader or waste carrier. Unfortunately there are some traders who will try to cut corners and costs by dumping waste on our green spaces and highways. This causes a great deal of damage to the environment and costs the council tens of thousands of pounds to clear up the mess.
Householders should be aware that they are required by law to take reasonable steps to check that people removing waste (including garden or building waste) from their property are authorised to do so – or potentially face a fine. This includes asking their waste carrier to provide a full address and telephone number, and asking to see their waste carrier licence or by checking the Environment Agency’s Public Register to see if they are registered: https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/index
Richard Homewood, Head of Environmental Services at Waverley Borough Council, said: “At this time of the year we usually start to see an increase in fly-tipping. Environmental Enforcement Officers regularly patrol the borough and use mobile CCTV cameras in order to identify and prosecute offenders. Officers will also examine evidence to identify the source of fly-tipped waste and issue fines to those responsible.
“In 2018 Waverley’s Environmental Enforcement Officers issued 65 £400 Fixed Penalty Notices for fly-tipping in the borough. So remember to check with the trader before you use their services to be sure they are licensed and operating legally.”
For more advice on how to select a reputable trader, or to report rogue traders or cold callers, visit https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/business-and-consumers/trading-standards/finding-a-trader
To report a fly-tip in Waverley, please visit www.waverley.gov.uk/report-it or contact Waverley’s Environmental Services team on 01483 523524.