Newly released national figures show that the amount of fly-tipped waste on public land in Hampshire has fallen by 25 per cent between 2017/18 and 2018/19 and the number of reported incidents on public land fell by 4 per cent in the same time.
Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “For too long, some people felt they were able to get away with blighting the countryside with fly-tipping while leaving the council taxpayer to pick up the bill. In common with the majority of Hampshire residents, I am proud of our communities, and committed to maintaining our environment and quality of life, which is why tackling this crime is particularly important to me.
“I am really pleased to see such good results coming through from our collaborative approach with our partner organisations who have a responsibility for dealing with this blight on the landscape. Together, we’re sending out a clear message that fly-tipping will not be tolerated in Hampshire.”
“Our focus has been on ensuring that those committing fly-tipping crimes are vigorously pursued, while at the same time running a campaign to highlight how everyone has a part to play by checking their household or business waste is being taken away by a waste carrier legally licenced to do so.”
“We have also been working on ways to make it easier for people to report fly-tipping incidences, and I’m pleased we’ve recently been involved with the design of a new app – ClearWaste, which does just that. ClearWaste, which has been set up by a local Hampshire business, and directs reports from the public of fly-tipping to the district council that covers that area - ensuring the report goes to the right place. It also promotes licenced waste carriers and those who are accredited by Hampshire County Council’s Buy With Confidence scheme - directing residents and businesses to trusted traders they can employ for house or office clearances.”
Everyone has a legal duty of care to ensure that any waste from their household or business is disposed of correctly, reducing the risk of rubbish being dumped illegally. Failure to do this could result in an unlimited fine, if waste ends up fly tipped.
Hampshire’s Household Waste Recycling Centres accept waste from small businesses on a chargeable basis, providing a facility of sites around the county.