Illegally Dumping Waste
Plastic bags, garden waste, old beds and building debris have been illegally dumped as waste at some point. Once someone fly-tips, it commonly brings in others to add to the pile, therefore creating an environmental issue that is not only horrendous to see but damaging to the area.
Unless the culprit responsible for the illegal dumping of the waste is tracked down, the cost for the clean up comes to the average taxpayer.
The Environmental Protection Act of 1990 reads that everyone needs, by law, to take proper actions in ensuring the disposal of waste is correct, either by themselves or by a contractor.
What Should I Do With My Waste?
Waste must be removed of in a secure and orderly manner at legal licensed areas to protect the wildlife, environment and the public. On top of this, it also needs to be properly packages to ensure it does not fall, get blown away or spread around by wild animals.
If you waste is not suitable for black bag transportation, then bring it to a free Recycling Centre for Residential Waste, Canvey Road, Canvey Island.
What Will Occur if I Give My Rubbish to Someone Else?
Always ask how they wish to dispose of the waste if someone says they will get rid of it for you. Ensure that the company is either a legal authority or a licensed rubbish disposal businesses by asking them to show their Waste Removal License. You are still responsible for ensuring the waste is removed of correctly and need to ask of proof.
Additionally, you also need to hand them a written description of the waste they are going to remove. This needs to have the quantity and sort of materials that are contained. A brief description of what the waste contains or the activity which resulted it will often be more than enough.
Bare in mind that any unexpected or strange anomalies in the waste must be made aware to the waste disposer so that they may get rid of it in the proper manner.
These sorts of actions are not commonly for the removal of residential debris picked up by the Council.
What About Hazardous Rubbish?
Hazardous waste such as chemicals, drugs or products from animals, must be mentioned to anyone who will be dealing with the process of properly removing your waste.
Residents of domestic households illegally dumping waste they have made can have a £2,500 penalty fine or a prison sentence that will not exceed 3 months.
The authorities also have the power to seize and destroy any vehicles that are caught in the use of fly-tipping.
If you find fly-tipped rubbish:
Don’t touch the rubbish; the illegal waste can be dangerous – it could contain syringes, shattered glass, asbestos, and other harmful chemicals.
Inspect the rubbish with your eyes, try to figure out what is within the waste and how much is there.
Note down the location of the fly-tip and whether or not it is close to water.
Don’t unsettle the site; there could be proof that may lead to the finding of the person responsible.
If you spot someone fly-tipping:
If manageable, note down:
The date and day, plus the time you witnessed the fly-tip
What you saw:
The quantity of people involved and what their appearance
What they were doing
If a vehicle was used – its make, colour and registration plate
Where were you when you witnessed the event:
What was your view point like
What distance you were from it
The weather and light conditions
What was disposed
The quantity of waste
What is looks like