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Harlow Council joins forces in fly-tipping campaign

News / Mon 4th Sep 2017 at 12:51pm

FLY-TIPPING in Essex is draining more than £1 million of taxpayers’ money each year new figures reveal.

Today, Fly-Tip

Love Essex, a partnership of councils, businesses and environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, is launching its #CrimeNotToCare campaign to remind residents they could unwittingly end up with a criminal record and face an unlimited fine, if a rogue trader dumps their waste illegally.

Cllr Simon Walsh, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, said: “There were 17,547 separate incidents of fly-tipping countywide last year, costing taxpayers’ £1,093,907 to clear up – money that could have been better spent on vital services.

“Almost 50% of people don’t know they’re responsible by law if their rubbish is fly-tipped by a third party. We hope CrimeNotToCare will educate people on how to dispose of their waste correctly to ensure they don’t end up with a criminal record and a hefty fine.”

On Monday, 4 September, between 11am and 1pm, a fly-tipping haul was temporarily dumped in Central Park, Chelmsford to highlight to the passing public how big the epidemic is. Then on Friday, 8 September, a similar event will happen in Brentwood High Street between 10am and 1pm.

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