Initiative launched to crack down on rogue waste carriers
If it’s your rubbish, you’re responsible- that’s the message from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council as it launches a campaign to crack down on those who illegally dump waste and to warn residents about the risk of paying rogue waste carriers. The council is appealing to residents to choose carefully before paying someone to take their junk away. If residents aren’t careful about who they choose, they can be held responsible if it gets fly-tipped. Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services and the Environment Hayley Eachus said: “We all need to be very cautious about who we employ to take waste away and each of us has a responsibility to make sure our waste is disposed of lawfully. “Those who do use rogue waste carriers could be held responsible if the waste gets fly-tipped, so please don’t get caught out by using an unregulated service as it may prove costly." There are plenty of legitimate businesses which will take away waste and there are simple steps that can be taken to make sure that waste won’t end up being fly-tipped. People are encouraged to ask questions - genuine businesses will be happy to provide all the information needed about how and where waste will be disposed of and they will have a waste carrier’s licence. Visit a website such as https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers or simply search waste carrier licence check. The campaign has been launched in the wake of the council imposing the maximum possible fine on fly-tippers, with new fixed penalty notices raised from £200 to £400. The enforcement team investigates all reported incidents of fly-tipping and won’t hesitate to take action against anyone found to be responsible. Cllr Eachus said: “We believe that fly-tippers should have to pay the price. “Fly-tipping is illegal and has a hugely negative impact on our communities and countryside. “I would encourage anyone who sees an incident of fly-tipping, or would like to report any suspicions, to get in touch. “We rely on frequent and direct contact from residents in our efforts to keep our borough beautiful and free from fly-tipping.” To make a report visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/report. For more information on local recycling sites, please visit www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/recyclingcentres.