Tendring District Council (TDC) has moved fast to clear up several fly tips around the District recently.
Within the last 18 months TDC has received 2,139 reports of fly tipping, ranging from bin bags dumped in an alley to builders’ rubble and asbestos piled high on public open spaces.
In each case Council officers swiftly attend and sift through the waste in a bid to identify the culprits, before the rubbish is cleared away by a contractor once investigations are finished. Prosecutions are currently being considered in some cases.
In most cases a Council officer will attend to assess the fly-tip within 24 hours.
Often a homeowner has paid someone to clear the rubbish, and is unaware that it has been dumped illegally. However, it is the householder’s responsibility to ensure waste is taken away by a registered person, and they can be held responsible.
The Essex-wide ‘Crime Not To Care’ campaign launched last year to raise awareness of this.
Cllr Michael Talbot, Cabinet Member for Environment at TDC, said action would always be taken when the fly tip site is on public land.
“The Council always responds promptly to reports of fly tipping, both to check for evidence and to get its contractors on site to clear away the waste,” he added.
“However, the figures are astonishing and I would strongly encourage residents to make sure they take responsibility for their own waste, such as by making sure anyone they pay to remove it is a licensed waste carrier.
“TDC will not hesitate to take action against irresponsible fly tippers or those who pay them to remove their waste, where appropriate.”