A major new campaign is being proposed to crackdown on the scourge of fly-tipping in Newark and Sherwood, with the equivalent weight of 30 double decker buses being dumped in the district every year. Councillors will consider ramping up action to catch and punish offenders in order to combat the unsightly and costly problem with incidents of illegal dumping on the increase and running at nearly four a day.
The new campaign, Not in Newark and Sherwood, follows on from Newark and Sherwood District Council’s highly successful Cleaner, Safer, Greener initiative, which was aimed at creating a greater sense of pride in the environment and tackling environmental crime.
During the financial year 2018-19, the council removed 1,438 fly-tips with a combined weight of 361.89 tonnes. For the current 2019-20 period, 425 fly-tips had been removed between April and July with a combined weight of 81.36 tonnes — the rate at which shows that the problem is getting worse.
Fly-tipping, the illegal disposal of household, industrial, commercial or other ‘controlled’ waste without a waste management licence, has been highlighted as a particular problem for the district because it is covered by large areas of open countryside. In many cases it is suspected that offenders are rogue waste operators who work for cash and do not operate with the necessary licenses.
The district council works closely with Nottinghamshire Police to tackle rural crime and employs Environment Protection Officers who specifically deal with environmental offences.
Last month, the county-wide Not in Notts campaign was launched to ensure closer partnership working between councils, including Newark and Sherwood, to target suspects. Earlier this year, the district council adopted a new community plan with one of its key objectives being to ‘improve the cleanliness and appearance of the local environment’.
Key aspects of the proposed new campaign are likely to include:
- ‘Stop and check’ days of action, in conjunction with police, to target vehicles carrying waste without the necessary trading paperwork
- Specific ‘bring out your dead’ days for householders to dispose of bulky waste free of charge in specific communities
- Challenging local social media sites to stop the promotion of illegal ‘tip run’ requests and services
- Covert surveillance to snare rogue waste removal operators who take rubbish away for cash but do not have waste carrier notices
- Shutting down public access to problem fly-tipping sites
- Relaunching and reviewing the council’s bulky waste collection service which not only provides for the ethical disposal of waste but is cheap as well as protecting householders from possible prosecution
- Encouraging greater reporting of fly-tipping using the council’s Stop slogan:
Suspect — Are you suspicious about a waste carrier?
Tell — Let us know what you have seen
Offender — They will follow up and pursue any offenders
Prosecute — Where there is sufficient evidence, they will prosecute
- Promoting greater access to household waste recycling centres.
If you witness someone fly-tipping please leave the evidence where it is and report it to the council at www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/transactions/report/ or call 01636 650000 as soon as possible. Please make a note of any vehicle registrations and any other identifying evidence.
Fly-tipping is a crime under the Environmental Protection Act which carries a possible fine of up to £50,000 and/or up to five years in prison.
If you need to find legitimate registered waste carriers, please use the Environment Agency’s register www.environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers to find registered waste carriers within your area.
You can also use the district council’s bulky waste collection service for which there is a small charge, or for larger quantities we can provide you with an individual quote. For bulky waste go to www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/bulky/ or electrical waste www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/electricalwaste/.