Suffolk residents urged to follow SCRAP Fly-tipping campaign code
Suffolk residents are being urged to do their bit as part of a countywide crackdown on fly-tipping.
More than 4,500 incidents of flytipping were reported in Suffolk within the last year, the clear up of which costs hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money.
Suffolk's Fly-tipping Action Group, which is made up of several organisations including the county, district and borough councils as well as the Environment Agency, Suffolk Police, the Forestry Commission, the Broads Authority, the National Farmers' Union and the Country Land and Business Association, are now promoting the Scrap Fly-tipping campaign.
It urges members of the public to remember the SCRAP code:
• Suspect all waste carriers
• Check with the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 that the provider taking your waste away is licensed
• Refuse unexpected offers to have waste taken away
• Ask what will happen to your waste
• Paperwork should be obtained – get a full receipt
Cllr James Mallinder, chair of the Suffolk Waste Partnership, said: “There is no excuse for fly-tipping and it will not be tolerated in Suffolk. It is an incredibly selfish act and a blight on our local environment, a source of pollution, a potential danger to public health and a hazard to wildlife.
“Part of the problem is caused when people allow their waste to be taken away by unlicensed waste carriers, so it is essential that the public make sure that only licensed waste carriers are used.
"This can be easily checked by asking to see their Waste Carrier Licence or by looking up the company, either on the Environment Agency website or by telephoning 03708 506 506.”
Waste which is illegally disposed of is traced back to the owner. The owner will be fined even it was a waste carrier which carried out the act of fly-tipping.