Flytipping – don’t get caught out!

Businesses and householders beware.

If your rubbish ends up blighting the countryside, making residents miserable and costing council taxpayers and private landowners thousands of pounds to clear up, we could be prosecuting you – even if someone else took your rubbish away.

If the price being offered by a man in a van or anyone else is too good to be true it probably is. And criminal responsibility does not stop with those who physically dump the rubbish.

If you pay someone to take away your waste and they are not registered with the Environment Agency you will be liable if your rubbish is found in a country lane, a field or by the roadside. You too could be fined or brought before the courts.

Last year one man was ordered to pay more than £3,000 after dumping rubbish he collected from a builder and dumped in Littlebourne.

It is your responsibility to check they are taking your rubbish to somewhere it can be disposed of correctly. Feel free to ask them questions about where it’s going, if they are licensed and ask to see it. Always make a note of the vehicle registration, colour and make. It helps us track offenders.

You can also check they are registered on the Environment Agency’s website and the person taking away your waste should give you a copy of a waste transfer note. If they cannot produce this, do not give them your waste and contact the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506.

Meanwhile, the council’s enforcement officers are determined to make life as difficult as they can for professional flytippers and have a whole host of tactics at their disposal including the use of CCTV cameras. Their efforts have resulted in people facing fines and prosecution with their names plastered over the press.

They also crushed a lorry responsible for a spate of flytipping across the district live on Facebook. By law we can seize your vehicle if it is involved in a crime.

The 7.5 tonne Iveco truck was seized by officers during a raid in Greenhill, near Herne Bay, last year under new powers designed to target flytippers. The vehicle was not taxed or insured.

The lorry and its occupants had been filmed dumping rubbish in the car park of the nearby Share and Coulter site, the home of a disused pub, by council cameras.

It’s now even easier to tell us about flytipping. If you spot any you can report it to us online.