A crackdown on fly-tipping has been launched after the amount of rubbish dumped illegally across the district shot up last year. The worrying spike saw council contractors dealing with almost 170 cases a month between April 2013 and March 2014-up 22% on the previous year. But Cllr Rosemary Doyle says reports of fly-tipping dropped by a third in the eight months after and insists the Conservative-controlled authority is determined to stamp it out and prosecute offenders. She says the amount of waste discarded illegally usually increases when university terms end. Speaking at a meeting of the full council in the Guildhall last Thursday, she said:
“We will be working with the universities on the correct disposal of waste and issuing them and private landlord with purple sacks. The council will be supporting the police in roadside checks of vehicles carrying waste and sharing intelligence with them and Kent County Council enforcement teams about waste carriers. It is never acceptable to fly tip and this is anti-social behaviour perpetrated by people of the worst kind. We do attempt to clean it up as soon as possible. Fly-tipping is particularly visible at this time of year due to lower levels of foliage. We do our best to try to find out who is responsible. Our officers go through the waste to try to identify the culprits and ensure they are prosecuted.”
There were 2,027 recorded cases of fly-tipping in 2013/14, putting an extra strain on council contractors Serco. The firm removes all waste left on council property or public land within 24 hours and will remove unsightly rubbish from private land if landowners agree to prevent it from appearing again. Cllr Doyle added that a publicity campaign about waste and recycling will take place in the spring. Most fly-tipping happens in quiet, rural areas and can be anything from a single black bag to builders’ waste and pieces of furniture. Anyone caught fly-tipping can be jailed for a maximum of six months or face a fine of up to £50,000. If anyone hires a third party to dispose of rubbish and it is later found to have been dumped, they can be fined £300. Call 0800 807060 to report fly-tipping.
Herne Bay Gazette, January 15th 2015