Council works with local businesses to tackle fly-tipping
As part of a campaign to reduce fly-tipping the Forest of Dean District Council’s street warden team has been out and about visiting businesses and checking that they have proper waste disposal procedures in place. Initially this work has been focussed on Lydney and since August the wardens have visited 115 businesses in the town.
During the first round of visits, 41 of these businesses were found not to be compliant with current business waste disposal laws. The non-compliant businesses were given guidance on how to become compliant, and 30 days in which to do so. This approach of guiding, educating and informing instead of issuing immediate fines has resulted in a fantastic response.
After 30 days, those businesses initially found to be non-compliant were revisited. The team found that all bar two now complied with waste disposal regulations.
The two non-compliant businesses have been issued with fixed penalty notices and will be followed up with at a later date.
Businesses are reminded that their rates do not cover waste and recycling collections in the same way that domestic rates do and so must - regardless of size - make their own arrangements for disposal of their waste, usually done through a licenced carrier. Businesses are not permitted to use the district council’s kerbside collection service, the local recycling banks or use the Household Recycling Centre to get rid of their waste or recycling. There has been previous evidence of businesses using the recycling banks, not leaving enough space for resident’s use and thus causing people to leave waste next to bins - which is classed as fly-tipping.
Businesses have a ‘duty of care’ and must be able to prove how their waste is disposed of and a responsibility to ensure that the waste they produce does not harm the environment, even once they have passed it to a third party. Waste should only be taken away by those companies authorised to do so. Businesses, as well as members of the public, can check who is registered to carry waste by visiting the Environment Agency’s website (www.gov.uk) or by calling 03708 506 506.
The campaign will continue with the team visiting businesses in other Forest towns and villages as well as those in more rural areas of the district.