Somerset Waste Partnership and A&S PCC Sue Mountstevens discussing fly-tipping
Resident responsibility was the key message delivered to Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens while on a community day in Mendip on Thursday, May 9.
Sue Mountstevens began the day discussing business crime in Street before finding out more about the fight against fly-tipping at Dulcote Recycling Centre near Wells.
The Commissioner spent the morning meeting with the Centre Manager and Security and Operations Manager of Clarks Village Shopping Outlet to discuss collaborative visions and objectives for tackling business related crime.
Ms Mountstevens then spent the afternoon finding out more about the front line of the fight against fly-tipping in Somerset from council enforcement officers.
Together they reviewed the tactics and technology being used to deter or detect environmental criminals. They also discussed how the police and councils could cooperate even more closely to keep Somerset’s countryside clear of dumped rubbish.
With rogue trades-people part of the problem, one point raised was a new effort urging residents to check that the builders, gardeners, and man-and-van services offering to take away their rubbish have the essential waste carrier licence.
PCC Sue Mountstevens said: “Residents have a responsibility to help prevent fly-tipping in their local area – if someone privately collects waste from you and disposes of it illegally you will also be held accountable.
“I encourage residents to ask their private waste disposal company to produce a carrier license before the waste is collected. Legitimate companies will be able to provide you with one on request or you will be able to check online.”
Nick Cater, Somerset Waste Partnership said: “Every individual and business has a duty of care over their waste, even after it has left your home or premises, and failure to take reasonable steps to do this risks prosecution and a £5,000 fine.
“Our advice is that if the people collecting waste from you can’t provide you with a licence, don’t use them.”
District councils have responsibility for dealing with fly-tipping and fly-tippers on roadsides and public land. Fly-tipping on private land is the responsibility of the landowner, though some district councils are able to offer a paid-for collection.
Posted on Wednesday 15th May 2013