A hard-hitting crackdown on fly-tipping has begun.
The Suffolk Waste Partnership (SWP) has started a series of county-wide ‘tip-off stop and search activities’.
The scheme comes on the back of the SWP securing £25,800 of funding from Government body Defra to tackle the issue of waste being dumped illegally across the county.
Local councils have been working alongside Suffolk landowner organisations and enforcement agencies from April.
As part of the scheme, officers from local district and borough councils will patrol the roads of Suffolk alongside police officers to carry out checks of commercial vehicles and inspect waste carrier licences and waste transfer documentation.
Those found to be transporting waste illegally may be issued with fixed penalty fines of £300.
Waste transported by rogue carriers often ends up fly-tipped in an attempt to avoid proper disposal charges. The activity not only harms the environment, but also presents unfair competition to companies who deal with waste lawfully.
From April 2011 to March 2012, the SWP cleared up 3,000 fly-tipping incidents in the county. And myriad Diss Express readers, in Norfolk too, have told us of fly-tipping problems they have encountered.
Landowners have to arrange to clear waste dumped on their land themselves, at additional cost. The ‘tip-off’ campaign will run until March 2014.
Andrew Nunn, SWP chairman, said: “Fly-tipping is a serious source of pollution and poses a threat to public health and our local environment. This campaign will help us to inform people about their duty of care to prevent waste ending up in the wrong place. It cost taxpayers in Suffolk £265,000 last year - by preventing fly-tipping in the first place, these costs can be kept to a minimum.”