Surrey councils and Surrey Police are stepping up their efforts to crack down on unsightly fly-tipping that is costing around £1m a year to clear up.
Led by the Surrey Environment Partnership, a range of measures are taking place to prevent fly-tipping, ensure that it’s reported and disposed of quickly, and that perpetrators are punished.
Councils and the police will work together to carry out regular exercises such as roadside stops and joint patrols to catch fly-tippers. Intelligence will also be shared between organisations so that incidents can be dealt with faster.
Training will be given to council staff to recognise when fly-tipping is linked to organised crime such as modern-day slavery and exploitation. Councils will also work with those in the justice system to demonstrate the impacts of fly-tipping so that appropriate sentences are handed out to those found guilty of offences.
Additionally, the Surrey Environment Partnership is running a campaign this summer reminding residents that they need to know where their waste is going when they hire someone to work on their houses. Potential fly-tippers are also being warned of the consequences if they are caught and prosecuted.
Surrey Environment Partnership’s chairman, Councillor Mike Goodman, said: “Fly-tipping is an unseemly blight on our landscape, and it costs councils in Surrey a fortune to clear up. By working more closely together, Surrey councils and Surrey Police will make it harder for fly-tippers to commit their crimes and will ensure that those responsible are punished with the full weight of the law.”
Fly-tipping, the illegal dumping of waste, is currently costing Surrey councils in the region of £1 million of taxpayers’ money to investigate, collect and dispose of.
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Surrey Environment Partnership
The Surrey Environment Partnership is made up of Surrey County Council and the 11 district and borough councils in the county. It aims to manage Surrey’s waste in the most efficient, effective, economical and sustainable manner.
The 11 district and borough councils are waste collection authorities (WCAs) and are responsible for the collection of Surrey’s municipal waste which includes waste from households. The county council is the waste disposal authority and is responsible for the disposal and treatment of Surrey’s municipal waste collected at the kerbside and waste and recycling from Surrey’s community recycling centres (CRCs).
To find out more, visit www.surreyep.org.uk.