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Fly-tipping falls by a fifth

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Friday 23 November

Taking action against fly-tippers

Fly-tipping in Swale has fallen by almost a fifth in a year, newly released figures reveal.

The data from Defra (Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs) shows the number of reported incidents of fly-tipping in the borough fell from 3,243 in 2016/17 to 2610 in 2017/18.

This 19.5% decrease compares to a national fall in fly-tipping incidents of 1%.

We have been working hard to tackle the issue of fly-tipping across the borough over the last couple of years.

This has included education and awareness campaigns to make sure people understand the law around their duty of care to make sure their waste is only taken away by licenced waste carriers. A new Fixed Penalty Notice of £400 for failing to comply with duty of care requirements is likely to come into place in January 2019.

We also have a strong record in tackling waste crime, and we publicise all court results are publicised to ensure the message gets across that the council will not tolerate fly tipping.

Cllr David Simmons, cabinet member for the environment and rural affairs at the council said:

"These figures from Defra are very encouraging and show that our work to tackle fly-tipping is making a difference.

"It’s not down to us alone though – householders are helping by checking that their waste is only being removed by the right people.

"We continue to urge people to make sure they check who is taking their waste away, and to keep invoices and receipts so that they can help us track down those responsible if it is dumped.

"If waste is dumped, we will continue to investigate and track down those responsible, and take whatever legal action we can to make sure they know fly-tipping in the borough is unacceptable.

To check whether someone is licenced to carry waste visit the Environment Agency website or call 03708 506506.

There's more information about how to make sure your waste isn't dumped, and out work to tackle fly-tipping, on our fly-tipping page.

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