Blackpool Council is urging residents to use a licensed waste carrier in their new fly-tipping campaign, ‘Know Where It Goes’.
Over the past year, 5,410 fly-tipping incidents have been reported across the town, relating to household waste discarded on roads, pavements, alleyways, parks and fields.
The authority said it is important that residents are aware they have a legal obligation to make sure their waste is disposed of correctly by taking all reasonable measures to avoid fly-tipping, even once the waste has left their property.
If these measures are not thoroughly carried out by the resident, they could be faced with a £400 fine and a criminal record.
There are multiple ways residents can check that they are using a responsible waste carrier.
The first is by asking to see the waste disposer’s permit, or by checking the online register on the government website.
If waste collectors are found to be illegally taking household belongings, they could face a £50,000 fine and/or up to 12 months in prison.
A number of services have been put in place by Blackpool Council to help residents dispose of their waste responsibly, including:
- Bulky Matters: The council has partnered with a charity to help transform Blackpool’s bulky waste into a useable resource to benefit the community.
- Rover: Blackpool Council’s mobile tip and recycling services take away unwanted household items, whatever their condition.
- The Tip: Available for Blackpool residents only, who will need to bring their proof of address when visiting the site.
Commenting, Deputy Leader of Blackpool Council and Cabinet Member for Partnerships and Performance, Councillor Ivan Taylor said:
“We all want to live in a place that we take pride in and while most residents know how to dispose of their waste responsibly, there is a small handful of people who do not.
“Not only does fly-tipping damage the appearance of Blackpool’s neighbourhoods, it can also have a damaging effect on the environment if hazardous materials and non-biodegradable items are left in public areas.
“It’s important that residents use a licensed waste carrier who will dispose of any unwanted waste correctly.
“We all have a responsibility to know where our waste goes and to help ensure Blackpool is kept pristine and well respected.”
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