Most people consider the responsible disposal of waste our duty to the planet and to subsequent generations. However, there are always a few selfish individuals who are prepared to spoil it for the rest. Those who drop litter and those guilty of fly-tipping â€“ illegally dumping waste â€“ are cut from the same cloth. They donâ€™t care about others. Councils have powers to bring prosecutions against fly-tippers, but are they being used?
Public Land vs Private Land
If waste has been deliberately dumped on council-owned property or public land, then it is the councilâ€™s responsibility to remove it. This is organised at the local authority level. Incidents should be reported to your Borough, District or City Council. When waste is fly-tipped onto private land, it is the responsibility of the landowner to remove.
In order to keep our public areas as tidy as possible, community-minded citizens should report fly-tipping to the council. Reporting incidents to Norwich City Council is very simple: there is a form on their website to fill out. Great Yarmouth Borough Council make the process a little more complicated, you have to make an account with them first and then report any incidents through that.
Data on fly-tipping is collected at the local level and â€˜publishedâ€™ by the national government in a giant spreadsheet once a year. We reported on the disappointing data for Great Yarmouth and Norwich when the latest figures came out in March. Needless to say, fly-tipping is on the increase, prosecutions are down, and the cost of the clear-up is escalating.
We know the vast majority of people make an effort when it comes to disposing of their waste. They recycle and they hire a skip when they embark on a project that is likely to generate a lot of waste. Hiring a skip is a great way of ensuring your waste doesnâ€™t wind up in landfill. We recycle over 90% of all the waste that we receive.
If you would like to hire a skip, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact us on 01493 668118. We can give you any advice you need regarding the sizes and suitable uses of our skips.