Countywide campaign to stop fly-tipping #IfOnlyPublished Thursday, 3rd May 2018
A new campaign, set to run throughout the whole of May, is designed to stop people dumping rubbish, commonly known as fly-tipping.
The #IfOnly campaign has seen councils across the city and county join forces to warn people that they face tough action if they are caught fly tipping. The consequences of their actions can range from a £400 fixed penalty notice to an unlimited fine, a criminal record or time in prison.
Fly-tipping is a huge problem across each district in the county, with councils dealing with 12,000 incidents per year. Melton Borough Council removed over 400 fly tips in 2017 costing thousands of pounds to remove.
Leader of the Council Cllr Joe Orson said: “I’m pleased that all of the Leicestershire councils are working together in partnership to tackle this issue. It’s a blight on our environment and costs tax-payers’ money to sort out. Our message to people is clear: if your waste is dumped by you, or someone you’ve given it to, you can be prosecuted and also get a criminal record.”
The new campaign focuses on the stories of four characters – based on real people who have been caught fly-tipping in the past. The examples show that people can be caught for all sorts of reasons, from putting a fridge on the pavement to dumping bags by a local recycling bank. Residents can also be fined and prosecuted for using unlicensed traders who go door to door looking for work.
Surveillance cameras will be utilised at fly tip ‘hot spots’, throughout the borough to capture evidence, that will then be used to issue fines, along with an increased presence of council officers and police monitoring these regular fl- tipped locations.
This new campaign will help remind people that they have a responsibility to dispose of their waste safely and within the law, it will also offer advice to residents about the right way to manage their waste and the legitimate options that are available to them.
People can visit the campaign website at www.lesswaste.org.uk and follow the campaign on social media #IfOnly.
This campaign is being run jointly by Leicester City Council, Charnwood Borough Council, Harborough District Council, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Melton Borough Council, North West Leicestershire District Council, Oadby and Wigston Borough Council and Leicestershire County Council.
For more information please contact:
Environmental Services Officer
Communities & Neighborhoods
Melton Borough Council
Telephone: 01664 502 499 / 07500 975427
Notes to Editor: Leader of the council Cllr Joe Orson and MBC officers will be hosting a launch event in the town centre (Thursday 17th May, outside Boots @ 10:30) which will include a mock-up fly-tip of genuine fly-tipped items collected from the previous week.
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