Thousands of people are contributing to a growing issue in the UK – fly tipping. The biggest problem is that most people who are fly tipping have no idea that they’re doing anything wrong in the first place. Fly tipping describes dumping waste illegally, and this waste includes anything from fridges and other kitchen appliances to bin bags filled with food rubbish and other household waste. Fly tipping comes from a great many sources, and it leaves the question: whose rubbish is it anyway?
The answer to this is that it doesn’t matter who the rubbish belongs to; its the responsibility of every individual to ensure that they are disposing of rubbish in a careful and controlled way. Fly tipping is illegal, and the maximum fine is £50,000 and up to five years in prison. Fly tippers aren’t just locals who have an overspill of household waste, but trade businesses who are tipping their waste and even professional fly tippers. The other issue is that it’s almost a crime not to care about fly tipping. The impact on the environment due to fly tipping is too big, and if it’s your waste, it’s also your responsibility.
Resolving Waste Issues
If your waste is found dumped in the street, even if someone else has done it for you, you are still responsible for it. You are still the one to get the blame if it all goes wrong. It’s important, then, that you dispose of your waste most appropriately. Here is how you can do that safely.
Ask The Registration Number
If you are planning to use a trader or a company to remove your waste for you, they should have a number indicating their registration with the Environment Agency. If someone online has offered to collect and dispose of your waste for you, then you need to ask to see this registration number. Without it, it’s illegal for them to take the waste, so you need to take the responsibility to ask for their waste carrier number and vehicle information. It’s unlawful for someone to take your waste if they are not registered, and the fine for dumping could land on your lap.
Always Get A Receipt
No matter what, get a receipt before your waste is taken away. When you have paper proof that you have done the right thing, you cannot be accused of doing it wrong.
Know Where It’s Going
If you’ve had waste collected and taken elsewhere, you need to know where your waste is going. Being a registered waste carrier allows waste to be taken away legally, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be aware of where it’s gone. Never be afraid to ask where it’s going, and this should include paperwork, so you know it’s been taken away correctly. Any legitimate carrier should be fine with you asking this information, so it pays to be hesitant if they object.
Graffiti Is Waste, Too
Graffiti and fly tipping, burnt out, and abandoned cars and issues with fly posting are all waste. These are also criminal offences that will be a scourge on a neighbourhood. Crimes that seem to be harmless to others are going to affect a community in so many ways. Waste is where neighbourhood deterioration begins. Graffiti on the walls may not be affecting the water, the animals or the smell of the environment, but it does look horrible, and it does take down the value of the homes in the neighbourhood itself.
Local authorities are usually responsible for clearing graffiti from public buildings, but if everyone worked together not to put the graffiti on the premises in the first place, this wouldn’t be the councils responsibility. If you see graffiti anywhere, you should let your local authority know so that it can be cleared away promptly. If you see cases of fly tipping and fly posting, it should be reported to the right authorities so that it can be cleared away promptly.
Everyone wants to live in a neighbourhood which is safe, clean, healthy and looks fantastic. No one wants the value of their home taken down, and everyone wants to live where tourists will spend their money. Fly tipping and graffiti are not good for the environment, and its the responsibility of everyone to make sure that this issue is reduced as possible.