Rochford District Council is cracking down on fly tipping after more than 170 instances in the district since the beginning of the year.
Although we believe that many of the cases are not attributed to local residents it appears that commercial waste is being left in our more rural areas, so we are calling on residents to help us catch the culprits.
The sites where fly tipping has been found include Rectory Avenue, Ashingdon, Brays Lane, Rochford, and Apton Hall Road, Canewdon. There have also been instances of piles of children’s toys dumped immediately outside the recycling bins at Rawreth Playing Field recycling site.
Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Cllr Dave Sperring, said: “The vast majority of residents and businesses are law abiding and care about the neighbourhood they live in.
“Like myself they are disgusted by the behaviour of the few people who feel they can act in an appalling manner by fly-tipping their rubbish rather than disposing of it legally.
“The waste is not just being dumped in our more rural areas it is actually being left on housing estates, this not only looks horrendous but it also poses a health and safety risk to the community.
“If people are experiencing a problem using the waste and recycling service, help and support is available, but there is never any excuse for fly tipping.
“I ask residents to help us by being vigilant to identify those responsible so we can crack down on this selfishness and keep our district clean and tidy”.
Fly tipping is a serious criminal offence for which you can be prosecuted. The courts have various powers available to them to tackle fly tipping, including imprisonment, substantial fines of up to £50,000, orders to pay costs and an order to deprive rights to a vehicle used to commit the offence.
Householders should ensure that all their waste is disposed of via their wheeled bins, the recycling banks around the district, the recycling centres for household waste, or the council’s chargeable bulky waste collection.
Business premises have a duty to ensure that their waste is stored and disposed of lawfully. Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 requires businesses to make sure that they only transfer waste onto an authorised person in order to dispose of it correctly.
To report a case of fly tipping, or to enquire about a bulky waste collection, please contact Customer Services on 01702 318111.