Fly-tipping in Essex is draining more than £1 million of taxpayers’ money each year new figures reveal.
On Monday 4 September Love Essex, a partnership of councils, businesses and environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, is launching its #CrimeNotToCare campaign to remind residents they could unwittingly end up with a criminal record and face an unlimited fine, if a rogue trader dumps their waste illegally.
Cllr Simon Walsh, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “There were 17,547 separate incidents of fly-tipping countywide last year, costing taxpayers’ £1,093,907 to clear up – money that could have been better spent on vital services.
“Almost 50% of people don’t know they’re responsible by law if their rubbish is fly-tipped by a third party. We hope #CrimeNotToCare will educate people on how to dispose of their waste correctly to ensure they don’t end up with a criminal record and a hefty fine.”
Today a one-tonne fly-tipping haul was temporarily dumped in Central Park, Chelmsford to highlight to the passing public how big the epidemic is. Then on Friday, 8 September, a similar event will happen in Brentwood High Street between 10am and 1pm.
In Essex there were 17,547 incidents in 2016/17, a 16% increase on 2015/16.
The number of prosecutions of residents where fly-tipped waste has been traced back to them is also on the rise.