Suffolk has become the latest county to launch the #SCRAPflytipping campaign which urges the public to dispose of their waste safely to protect the countryside.
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 true figure for fly-tipping incidents is significantly higher however as the figures do not include waste dumped on private land which the landowner has to remove at personal cost.
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 CLA, Environment Agency, Suffolk Constabulary, the Forestry Commission and the NFU.
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.
To read the CLA's Action Plan on what needs to be done to tackle fly-tipping click here.