Fly-tipping - Looking after our environment

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It's that time of the year again when Spring draws near and garden and household work increases.  This happens to coincide with an increase in fly-tipping on our country lanes in and around Bramley.  Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It costs Bramley Parish Council and our borough and county councils many thousands which you as householders end up paying for.

You can click on the following image (or use the link at the bottom of the page) to download a poster.

You are responsible for your waste

Even if you pay someone to take your waste away, the responsibility for the correct disposal of that waste lies with you.

You can check the credentials of all licensed waste carriers on the Hampshire County Council website at: https://www.hants.gov.uk/fly-tipping or at the Environment Agency website. If you can't find the details of your waste carrier on either of those links, the chances are they are rogue traders.

Before you hand your waste over to someone else, make sure you know who they are and where the waste will be disposed.
Ask them where they will be disposing of your waste.

If you fail to check who will be handling your waste and don't know where it will be taken, you could be held responsible for the waste if it is fly-tipped. The duty of care is with the owner of the waste material.

You must use a licensed waste carrier to dispose of waste, or take it to a household waste recycling centre (hants.gov.uk/recyclingcentres)

Fly-tipping:

  • Is a criminal activity that can seriously pollute watercourses and contaminated land.
  • Can be a risk to human health and harm wildlife and livestock.
  • Is unsightly, spoiling our communities and the quality of life for local residents.
  • Is seen as a major problem by over three-quarters of landowners and affects 67% of farmers.
  • Undermines legitimate waste management companies who are undercut by illegal operators.
  • Encourages others to dump more waste.

What to do if you see someone fly-tipping

If you are unlucky enough to see someone fly-tipping, first of all, do not put yourself at any risk. Only if safe to do so, try and obtain as much information as possible.

  • Record the day, date and time of the incident.
  • If any vehicles are involved, note down the make, model, colour and any registration number. (If safe to do so and you have a smart-phone, try and take pictures. But remember your phone might give away your location so remember not to put yourself at risk).
  • List details of what was being fly-tipped. Again putting your safety first, do not go through the rubbish as you may be exposed to dangerous/hazardous materials.
  • Record how much waste was dumped. (i.e. give a rough estimate:- rubbish bag, wheelbarrow full, boot or van load etc).
  • How many people were involved and what did they look like?

Report the fly-tipping by visiting: https://www.gov.uk/report-flytipping
That page will ask you for your postcode and will direct you to the most current link (more than likely on the Basingstoke and Deane Borough website).

On the Bramley Parish Council website, you'll find a link to report Fly Tipping in our Report It section.

If you find a large amount of fly-tipping, please call the Environment Agency's 24 hour incident Hotline on 0800 80 70 60. This is a free number from any landline; some charges may apply if you are calling from a mobile.

Fly Tipping Statistics from 2017/2018 (England)

  • For the 2017/18 year, local authorities in England dealt with just under 1 million (998,000) fly-tipping incidents, a slight decrease of 1% from the 1,011,000 reported in 2016/17, following annual increases since 2013/14.

  • Two thirds (66%) of fly-tips involved household waste. Total incidents involving household waste decreased by 4% from 2016/17. 

  • Consistent with previous years, the most common place for fly-tipping to occur was on highways, which accounted for almost half (47%) of total incidents in 2017/18. The number of highway incidents has decreased by 7% from 2016/17.

  • As in the last few years, the most common size category for fly-tipping incidents in 2017/18 was equivalent to a ‘small van load’ (33% of total incidents), followed by the equivalent of a ‘car boot or less’ (28%). 

  • In 2017/18 34,000 or 4% of total incidents were of ‘tipper lorry load’ size or larger, which is similar to 2016/17. For these large fly-tipping incidents, the cost of clearance to local authorities in England in 2017/18 was £12.2 million, compared with £9.9 million in 2016/17. This increase was driven by an increase in the number of incidents in the largest size category of ‘significant/multi loads’.

  • Local authorities carried out 494,000 enforcement actions in 2017/18, an increase of 18,000 actions (4%) from 2016/17. 

  • The number of fixed penalty notices issued has continued to increase, up 20% to 69,000 from 2016/17 and up 91% on 2015/16. This is the second most common enforcement action (after investigations), and accounted for 14% of all enforcement actions in 2017/18. 

  • For 2017/18, 44% of local authorities in England voluntarily provided a more detailed breakdown of fixed penalty notices issued. For these local authorities, 11% of fixed penalty notices were issued specifically for small scale fly-tipping, 52% in relation to littering and 37% in relation to other offences. 

 

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