Thanet District Council has launched a campaign to tackle fly-tipping, which is a blight on the community and draining council resources.
In the past 12 months in Thanet there have been nearly 1700 fly-tipping incidents, costing the council a total of £109,550 in cleaning up more than 1500 tonnes of the resulting waste.
#CrimeNotToCare, which is being run in partnership with environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, aims to educate householders about the right thing to do with their rubbish and to reduce the amount of household waste that is fly-tipped by rogue traders who offer to take people’s waste away for money and then dump it.
The campaign, which launched this morning with a staged fly-tip of rubbish collected over the preceding weekend, aims to get the message across that if an individual’s waste is fly-tipped, even if they gave it to a third party to dispose of, they can be prosecuted and end up with a fine and a criminal record.
This campaign strengthens the council’s existing activities to tackle the problem in the district. In February, it introduced a new £400 fixed penalty notice to crack-down on fly-tippers. The council has also successfully investigated and prosecuted offenders in court.
Mr Jay Philips from Ramsgate, for example, was prosecuted on 7 March for fly-tipping. Mr Philips was convicted of four charges of illegally dumping waste after being caught loading and unloading waste from a car and dumping it at Ebbsfleet Lane North. He had advertised on Facebook to dispose of other people’s waste and was sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work, £627.14 fine and £120 legal costs.
Cllr Suzanne Brimm, Cabinet Member for Community Services, said:
“Fly-tipping incidents in Thanet are a menace, blighting communities and our countryside and costing the council an eye-watering £109,550 a year.
“We need the public to understand that their rubbish is their responsibility and they must do the right thing with it.
“Giving it to a ‘man with a van’ who offers to get rid of it cheaply could prove costly for people and result in them getting a criminal record. We all have a duty of care and the #CrimeNotToCare, campaign will help explain exactly what that is and how we can protect ourselves.”
The council offers a bulky waste collection service (charges from £25) for excess household rubbish and large furniture items, for example beds, sofas and fridges/freezers. It will also be undertaking monthly deep cleans of nominated areas of the district. The deep cleans involve the council’s street cleaning teams working together at the same time in a specific area, as well as offering a bulky waste collection to residents in the roads they are focussing on.
For more information on the campaign, visit www.thanet.gov.uk/crimenottocare.
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Note to editors
Keep Britain Tidy is a leading environmental charity that cares for the world on your doorstep. We campaign to eliminate litter, reduce waste and to improve our public spaces. We run programmes including the Green Flag Award for parks and green spaces, the Blue Flag and Seaside Awards for beaches and the Eco-Schools programme. To find out more about Keep Britain Tidy, our campaigns and programmes, visit www.keepbritaintidy.org