Council offers £500 reward for fly-tipping tip-offs

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Fly tipping in Deepcut

Surrey Heath Borough Council is responding to residents’ concerns about fly-tipping in the area by introducing a dedicated resource to tackle the problem.

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste such as builders’ rubble, garden waste and mixed household waste. The recently formed Counter Fraud and Corporate Enforcement team will investigate local fly tipping incidents with the aim of securing prosecutions against perpetrators.

The council has launched an appeal for information page on its new website and are offering a financial award of up to £500 for information that leads to a conviction of those responsible.

Residents are reminded of their duty to prevent the illegal fly-tipping of rubbish that might come from their homes. Household Waste Duty of Care Regulations (2005) state that residents are accountable for any waste leaving their property, including from builders or gardeners they employ to carry out work.

Some residents and businesses have started using the local community recycling sites as dumping grounds. In a number of cases, containers have had to be removed. If there is not an appropriate container at a site and individuals leave material on the ground they are fly-tipping and are liable to prosecution.

Julia Greenfield, Surrey Heath’s Audit, Counter Fraud and Corporate Enforcement Manager said: “People need to be aware they must ensure their household waste is disposed of properly. Any contractor they employ to do building work must have a carrier’s licence to transport waste.
“It’s up to householders who are having work done like double glazing, new kitchens and bathrooms to check that any contractor they appoint to dispose of rubbish from their home, including building and garden waste, has a trade waste carrier’s licence.
“If they don’t have this licence, they are not legally entitled to remove your rubbish.”
Surrey Heath’s portfolio holder for community Councillor Vivienne Chapman said: “We are fortunate to have so many areas of outstanding natural beauty in Surrey Heath and it’s vital that we all work together to help preserve them. I understand that the Counter Fraud and Corporate Enforcement team is currently appealing for information on a large asbestos fly-tip recently found in Chobham. It is disgraceful that someone has chosen to dump this dangerous waste in a rural area. The clean-up campaign associated with this fly-tip will cost in excess of £1000, money which could be better spent on services which benefit the community as a whole.”
If you have any information that could lead to identifying fly-tippers, please contact the council on 01276 707100 or visit www.surreyheath.gov.uk/flytipping  

2 thoughts on “Council offers £500 reward for fly-tipping tip-offs

  1. Robert

    I tried to post the following a few days ago and for some reason it didn’t appear

    ‘’Whilst it is clear that fly tipping is completely unacceptable perhaps it would be useful for the council to consider why it happens and why people dump things at recycling centres. Look at availability of, access to and price of waste disposal facilities.
    Of course the easier route for the council is to seek to stress the accountability of householders. An easy target. Perhaps the council could offer a service whereby householders could check the companies they are considering employing.’’

    Wrt to your comment do you believe that making recycling more difficult, and charging to dispose of some items, will encourage fly tipping?’ I assume you mean the answer is completely obvious which should not need any thought at all let alone a consultation.

    The tone coming from SCC is all stick and no carrot. No suggestions from SCC of how to dispose of waste, or how to check the credentials of contractors. Just a veiled threat to prosecute easy target householders.
    Depressing.

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  2. Anonymous

    Fly tipping is appalling and perpetrators should be heavily punished. This SHBC initiative is commendable and should be applauded. However: you will find on the SCC website a Consultation dealing with proposals to charge for some recycling and to reduce the opening hours at some of our excellent recycling centres. SCC has many financial challenges, not least the rising costs of Adult Social Care as more of us live longer. Do you believe that making recycling more difficult, and charging to dispose of some items, will encourage fly tipping? it is important that Surrey Residents make their views known via the Consultation. As a county councillor with Wilton Road recycling centre in my SCC division I certainly want to hear from my residents

    Denis Fuller

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