Councillor Rob Humby, Executive Member for Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council, said: “We’re launching a major campaign as part of a Hampshire wide plan of action to clamp down on fly tipping. We’ve joined forces with all our partners including the Police, all of the Districts and Borough Councils across Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth City Councils, the Environment Agency and rural associations to protect our countryside and send out a clear message that fly-tipping will not be tolerated here.”
Ahead of a county-wide media campaign launching on Monday 25 June, representatives from all the partner organisations gathered at one of the county’s beauty spots sometimes spoiled by fly-tipped waste, Farley Mount, Winchester, to reinforce their commitment to protecting Hampshire’s environment and the quality of life of its residents.
Megan Lock, Rural Adviser at CLA South East, which represents landowners and farmers across the county, said: “The CLA welcomes any move which helps tackle the blight of fly-tipping in Hampshire, and we’re looking forward to continuing our close work with Hampshire County Council and the delivery of the Fly Tipping Strategy, with other partner organisations. It is not a victimless crime. It’s a vicious cycle of costly clean-ups by landowners and farmers who personally bear the burden of waste crime on their land.”
The aim of the campaign is to help everyone understand they have a part to play by checking that any individual or company employed to take away waste from homes or businesses is legally registered to do so. If not, and their waste ends up fly-tipped, they, as well as the illegal waste carrier, could be liable for a hefty fine.
Dawn Theaker, Environment Manager at the Environment Agency said: “We all create waste and we all have a responsibility to ensure that waste is handled correctly. Always check that your tradesman or waste collector is professional and is registered with the Environment Agency. Ask for the paperwork, and then take a photo on your phone.”