A campaign aimed at tackling fly tipping across Suffolk starts this month.
The Tip-Off stop and search activities are part of an initiative launched by the Suffolk Waste Partnership (SWP)which secured £25,800 of government funding to tackle illegal dumping of unwanted waste.
Officers from local councils will be patrolling the county’s roads alongside police officers to carry out spot checks of commercial vehicles and inspecting waste carrier licences and waste transfer documentation. Those found to be transporting 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. This activity not only harms the environment, but also presents unfair competition to companies who deal with waste in accordance with the law.
The Tip-Off campaign, which runs until March next year, aims to improve the prevention, reporting, investigation and clearing of fly-tipped waste whilst reducing their associated costs across Suffolk by measures which include increasing the number of convictions for fly-tipping incidents in the county and publishing the names of those convicted and Liaising with landowners to help them reduce the incidents of fly-tipping on their land
and promoting the fee-paying option for small and medium sized businesses to take waste to household waste recycling centres
SWP chairman cllr Andrew Nunn, said “Fly- tipping cost taxpayers in Suffolk £265,000 last year - by preventing fly-tipping in the first place, these costs can be kept to a minimum.”