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Fly tipping in Essex has cost over £1m to clear up

It’s a #CrimeNotToCare when it comes to getting rid of your rubbish

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste – anything from fridges or washing machines, to black bin bags and boxes – and it’s a growing problem in Essex.

In the past 12 months there have been 17, 547 fly-tipping incidents, costing over £1million of taxpayers money to clear up.

#CrimeNotToCare is helping ensure residents do the right thing with their rubbish and to reduce the amount of waste that is fly-tipped by rogue traders who offer to take people’s waste away for money and then dump it.

Giving waste to a ‘man with a van’ who offers to get rid of it cheaply could end up proving costly for people and result in a criminal record.

Remember – if it’s your waste, it’s your responsibility. If your waste is found dumped, even if someone else has done it, you could be held responsible for the crime if you have not checked and recorded who you gave your waste to.

Protect yourself by following these tips:

  • If you use a trader to remove your waste ask to see their waste carriers registration number issued by the Environment Agency
  • Check with the Environment Agency directly on 03708 506 506 for a free instant waste carrier check or online at
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for paperwork that shows where your waste is going. If in doubt, don’t let them take your waste.
  • Make a note of who you have given your waste to, their waste carrier number and vehicle details.
  • Ensure that you receive a transfer notice or receipt before your waste is taken away.

Householders must make reasonable checks and businesses who produce commercial waste must keep waste transfer notes to comply with their waste duty of care.

You should never leave any waste such as an old washing machine or scrap metal on your drive or in the street for someone to remove. They may not be a registered waste carrier, and could take the bits they need and dump the rest.

If you have unwanted items, donate good quality items to local reuse organisations or charity shops.  You should never leave items out for others to re-use as these could end up being dumped.

Ensure you don’t fall foul of the law, visit for advice.

Love Essex, a partnership of councils, businesses and environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, running the #CrimeNotToCare campaign  

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Posted on 17/08/2017