December 6 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 2, 2013
Patrols are being carried out across Suffolk to clamp down on fly-tippers who blight the landscape by dumping rubbish.
From this month the Suffolk Waste Partnership (SWP) in conjunction with Suffolk police are carrying out county-wide stop and searches of vehicles.
Officials from district and borough will be patrolling the roads alongside police officers to carry out checks of commercial vehicles and inspect waste carrier licences and waste transfer documentation.
Those found to be transporting illegally may be issued with fixed penalty fines of £300.
The patrols are part of the Tip Off campaign which will run until March 2014 and aims to improve the prevention, reporting, investigation and clearing of fly-tipped waste whilst reducing their associated costs across Suffolk.
From April 2011 to March 2012 the SWP cleared up nearly 3,000 separate fly-tipping incidents and the offences cost the county £265,000 last year.
The partnership secured £25,800 of funding from Defra to tackle the serious issue of dumping unwanted waste illegally across the county with councils working closely alongside local landowner organisations and enforcement agencies from April.
Andrew Nunn, Chairman of the SWP ,said; “Fly-tipping is a serious source of pollution and poses a threat to public health and our local environment. This campaign will help us to inform people about their duty of care to prevent waste ending up in the wrong place.
“Fly-tipping cost taxpayers in Suffolk £265,000 last year - by preventing fly-tipping in the first place, these costs can be kept to a minimum.
“We welcome the opportunity to help reduce the number of fly-tipping incidents in Suffolk and work in partnership with all those affected by this criminal behaviour.”