Environment Minister Praises Hertfordshires Fly Tipping Campaign
Environment Minister Therese Coffey has praised Hertfordshire’s ongoing partnership work to tackle fly tipping across the county.
During a parliamentary debate on fly tipping this week the Minister said:
“Let me single out and praise certain councils across the country that are excelling.
“In Hertfordshire, for example, funding from the Police and Crime Commissioner has enabled the County Council to set up an effective partnership group that is starting to see results.”
Since 2016 Hertfordshire’s PCC, David Lloyd has  committed over £130,000 of funding to help local authorities tackle fly tipping across the county. 

This funding has supported a wide range of initiatives, including: the purchase of new CCTV cameras for use at fly tipping hotspots and resources to educate residents about their duty of care when disposing of their waste through a county wide campaign put together by the Hertfordshire Fly tipping Group*.
The number of fly tipping incidents has dropped by over 16% in Hertfordshire since April 2017. In addition during the last 12 months there have been 36 prosecutions for fly tipping with a number pending.

Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said:

“I am really pleased with the multiagency approach to tackle fly tipping across Hertfordshire, which is yielding positive results. However, there is more work to be done in changing attitudes and behaviours around duty of care.

 “It’s important that residents and businesses carry out the necessary checks to ensure contractors are properly licensed so they don’t end up in court being prosecuted for fly tipping.”

Hertfordshire’s residents and businesses are being encouraged to follow the campaign’s S.C.R.A.P. code, which provides a check list to follow when arranging one-off collections of waste.

  • Suspect all waste carriers; do not let them take your waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate.
  • Check their waste carrier’s registration details, then verify them by searching the Environment Agency or by calling 03708 506 506.
  • Refuse unsolicited offers to have any rubbish taken away.
  • Ask what exactly is going to happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately.
  • Paperwork should be obtained. Make sure you get a proper invoice, waste transfer note or a receipt for your waste removal – this should give a description of the waste and provide the waste carrier’s contact details
Last February the Hertfordshire Fly tipping Group won the Best Partnership Award at the Keep Britain Tidy Network Awards for its work in bringing together a wide range of partners to tackle fly tipping in the county and has also recently been shortlisted for an award from the Association of Directors of Environment, Planning and Transport .
Hertfordshire’s residents are reminded that if they see fly tipping in progress they should call 999 immediately, as well as reporting the incident to local councils at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/flytipping.

Local Borough and District councils can also give help and advice to residents who may be unsure of how to arrange for their waste disposal needs.

*The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group (FTG) is a multi-agency taskforce including the Boroughs, Districts and County Council as well as the Police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire & Rescue, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union and Keep Britain Tidy.

The FTG has come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly tipping. The on-going work programme is resulting in improvements in enforcement capability across the county as well as the rollout of new technology to assist in identifying and prosecuting fly tippers.

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