People across Northamptonshire are being urged to follow the S.C.R.A.P code as part of a county-wide campaign to crack down on fly-tipping.
The code serves as a reminder of the checks to make when arranging disposal of waste items, in order to ensure they are dealt with responsibly and do not end up being dumped in our towns and countryside.
It is being promoted in a bid to reduce the number of fly-tipping incidents taking place across the county each year. Councils in Northamptonshire dealt with 22,000 fly-tips in 2017/18, at a cost of around £750,000 to the tax payer in collection and disposal costs.
The new campaign is being led by the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership and is backed by all of the councils in Northamptonshire, as well as Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency and the National Farmers’ Union.
It warns residents that failing to take reasonable steps to ensure their waste is disposed of responsibly could result in them facing an unlimited fine or, in serious cases, prison.
Leaving waste items on the street for others to take, outside of a closed Household Waste Recycling Centre, or next to a street litter bin are all examples of fly-tipping for which the punishments apply.
The campaign’s S.C.R.A.P. code urges people to:
• Suspect all waste carriers – do not let them take waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate
• Check with the Environment Agency that the providing taking away your waste is licensed by calling 03708 506 506
• Refuse unexpected offers to have any waste taken away
• Ask what will happen to your waste
• Paperwork should be obtained. Get a full receipt, invoice or waste transfer for your waste removal describing the waste and providing the waste carrier’s contact details.
Images depicting fly-tipping in front of famous Northamptonshire landmarks have also been produced as part of the campaign, to emphasise the impact it has on us all.
Councillor Tim Allebone, Chairman of the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership, said: “I welcome this new campaign and hope that the information provided in the leaflets, on our website and through social media will help residents to understand the effect that fly-tipping has, not just on their local community, but on Northamptonshire as a whole.
“The S.C.R.A.P code is easy to follow and will help people to carry out the necessary checks to ensure their contractors are properly licensed and will dispose of their waste legally.
“Fly-tipping blights our country-side and town centre areas and we are therefore continuing to work with our partners to crack down on fly-tippers. Everyone has a responsibility to ensure their waste is disposed of legally and failure to do so could result in prosecution.”
People can find out more about the campaign on the Northamptonshire Waste Partnership’s website at http://www.recyclefornorthamptonshire.co.uk/at-home/let-s-s.c.r.a.p-fly-tipping-/