Norfolk has launched the SCRAP fly-tipping campaign which aims to fight the blight of fly-tipping in the county and cut the annual £1m clear up cost.
The campaign reminds people to check their waste is being taken away for disposal by a licensed carrier – either by asking to see a Waste Carriers Licence or by looking up the company on the Environment Agency website.
Cllr John Fisher, Chairman of the Norfolk Waste Partnership, said: “I hate to see fly-tipping and I know the vast majority of people do too. Fly-tipping is illegal, unsightly and pollutes the environment.
"There are lots of ways that people can legally get rid of the things they no longer want, so in addition to asking people to avoid giving their waste to rogue traders, the SCRAP campaign will be highlighting how people can dispose of items and stay within the law.
“We’re urging people to follow the simple SCRAP code and are reminding people that if it’s their waste it’s their responsibility.”
People can avoid an unlimited fine by following the SCRAP code:
S uspect ALL waste carriers
C heck with the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 that the provider taking your waste away is licensed
R efuse unexpected offers to have waste taken away
A sk what will happen to your waste
P aperwork should be obtained – get a full receipt
All of Norfolk’s councils, the Environment Agency, Norfolk Constabulary, and the CLA are joining together to support the SCRAP fly-tipping campaign.
CLA Regional Surveyor Tim Woodward said: “Fly-tipping is a crime that blights the Norfolk countryside and this campaign will hopefully raise awareness of simple steps members of the public can take to ensure their waste doesn’t end up in a field or on a roadside verge.
“It is not only local councils that have to pick up the bill for clearing fly-tipped waste. Private landowners are responsible for removing rubbish dumped on their land and picking up the bill for doing so, which can often run into hundreds of pounds each time.
“With nearly 1-million incidents of fly-tipping nationally last year action is clearly needed to combat this issue.”
Roger Thomas from the Environment Agency, said: “People who fly-tip have no respect for the environment and no regard for the consequences to you if you are found guilty of a waste offence.
“Don’t give your waste to anyone you haven’t checked out on our website at GOV.UK. Alternatively you can call our National Customer Contact Centre on 03708 506506 who will check for you. A legitimate operator should be happy to provide you with a waste carrier number.
“If you believe the waste service offered to you is illegal you can report this anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
For more information about the campaign, fly-tipping and legal ways to get rid of unwanted items, visit: www.norfolkrecycles.com/scrapflytipping