Big increase in Wiltshire flytipping in recent weeks

Big increase in Wiltshire flytipping in recent weeks

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 9:00am 1st May 2020.

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Wiltshire Council say they've seen a 30% increase in cases reported to them during April, compared to last year.

The authority's now working with Wiltshire Police to carry out roadside checks and will continue to prosecute people found to be dumping rubbish illegally.

During the first three weeks of April, there were 63 extra incidents of flytipping, with more than half of those being 'commercial' incidents.

Wiltshire Council Amesbury Flytipping August 2019
Wiltshire Council say they'll be cracking down on flytipping incidents, working alongside Wiltshire Police

We're told there are currently 14 investigations in which the Council and Police are waiting to conduct interviews with people under caution in connection with flytipping across the county.

Those interviews can't take place until lockdown restrictions are eased.

Councillor Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Waste said: 

"We know Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) are closed but this is no excuse for fly-tipping. We are continuing to monitor the government advice, but the current guidance is that travelling to a household recycling centre is not considered to be essential travel.

"We are looking at ways in which we could safely reopen HRCs at some stage in the future for essential waste only, if the government guidance changes to allow this. When we do reopen our HRCs, people can expect some significant changes at the sites in order to keep our staff and residents safe, as new social distancing measures would need to be put in place. These new arrangements are likely to include a limit on the number of people and vehicles that can enter a site and a potential reduction in materials types that people can dispose of. However, these plans are yet to be formalised and we will ensure we communicate them to the public in good time."

Household Recycling Centre - Churchfields Salisbury - rubbish tip dump - waste (Mike Draper)   (1)
Salisbury's Household Waste Recycling Centre is currently closed, just like others across the county

Both Wiltshire Police and the Council say people flytipping at this time are not only breaking the law when it comes to dumping rubbish irresponsibly, but also in not following the Government's advice to stay at home.

We're also being asked to make sure that if we use 'man and van' rubbish clearance services, that they're properly checked out to make sure they have the correct licences.

If your rubbish is dumped by someone without the appropriate waste carriers licence, it's you that could face prosecution too.

Inspector Liz Coles from Wiltshire Police said: 

"Fly-tipping is a real concern as it is unsightly, irresponsible and unhygienic and is a major blot on our beautiful countryside here in Wiltshire. Although this is primarily an issue for the local authority to deal with, we support our partners in encouraging the public to report this crime as soon as possible to them. 

"However, if you are present when rubbish is being dumped, please call the police with as much information as possible including descriptions of the people, vehicles involved and registration numbers.

"In some cases we can take action, and often will also choose to work with the local authority Environmental Protection Department." 

If you've spotted a flytipping incident in Wiltshire, you're asked to report it to Wiltshire Council via their website or use the MyWiltshire app. 

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