Package of measures to tackle fly tipping
Telford & Wrekin Council has introduced a package of measures to make it easier for residents to report incidents of fly tipping and to increase the chances of successfully prosecuting offenders.
The introduction of the Everyday Telford app means that people can report fly tips from their Smart Phone in just a couple of clicks – which goes some way to explaining the increased figures which have just been released.
The council has also introduced mobile working to its fly tipping team so that when a fly tip is reported the details go straight to the crew on a handheld device so they can respond more quickly.
This comes in response to the release of national figures which shows an increase of 20 per cent in fly tipping nationally during 2013/14.
Councillor Shaun Davies, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “We are aware of the national figures that have been released today and we believe that making it easier for people to report instances of fly tipping have contributed to the increase.
“However we have a plan in place to deal with that. As part of the Pride In Your Community programme, we are working with communities in areas where fly tipping is a problem to reduce instances of it through a programme of education.
“This has included introducing a bulk collection offer to residents, including a 10 per cent reduction for Telford Loyalty Card holders and making bulk collections free to the over 65s or those with a disability.”
Through the introduction of Pride teams and Parish Environmental teams, the council has more people on the ground that are picking up and reporting and moving flytips.
This increased presence and vigilance means there is more chance of a fly tipper being caught in the act of dumping material but the council as ever is reliant on information provided by residents to increase the chances of success.
Councillor Davies added: “We need the help of residents to help us to identify and remove flytips by becoming street champions.
"Where evidence is available and it is in the public interest to do so, the Council is committed to working with our local CSOs to prosecuting those who decide to fly tip.”