Islanders are being reminded to only use waste carriers with the correct licence following a rise in the number of cases of fly tipping across the Isle of Wight.
One incident has been shared on Facebook this week by Shanklin and Sandown Golf Club, who are trying to track down whoever dumped rubbish on their land. Pictures show black bags and shop signs, along with other waste, behind the clubhouse.
Speaking at a meeting of the Isle of Wight Council’s corporate scrutiny committee, Councillor Richard Hollis said he viewed it as a very serious crime and a “most disgusting, anti-social habit”.
Figures in an update on the waste contract provided to the committee, show between April and September 2020, there were 41 requests to the council’s waste team regarding fly tipping.
As part of cost-cutting measures, Island Roads now have 7 days to respond to reports of fly tipping where as previously they had to clear the rubbish within 24 hours, as previously reported by Island Echo.
The council’s strategic manager for waste and environment, Natasha Dix, urged people to only use contractors who have a licence to properly dispose of waste and not someone who would dump the rubbish. She said:
“All waste carriers, that is anyone who collects waste from a household, must have a waste carrier’s licence.
“These are registered with the Environment Agency and there is an open register that all householders can check that the person picking up their waste is registered.
“Only waste that is carried by a waste carrier can be taken to any of the commercial or council owned-waste treatment sites on the Island.
“There are people who do not understand their obligations to pick up waste and when they collect things are turned away from places such as the recycling centres and commercial waste centres because they don’t have waste carrier’s licences and are illegally collecting waste from households.”
Mrs Dix also said households should ask for a waste transfer note when someone collects their rubbish. It should say what has been collected and residents should note down the number plate and the company who take the waste away.
“If you see it on the Isle of Wight fly tipping Facebook page then you can quickly identify if it was your waste and we can properly investigate those people.
“If we all go through those measures, every fly tip can be traced back, apart from those who are individually disrespecting their community and dumping things outside their doorsteps.”
To report fly tipping you can either fill in a form at www.iow.gov.uk/iwforms/form.aspx?k=flytip or phone waste services on 01983 823777 and the council will find out whose responsibility it is to have it removed and ensure it is dealt with quickly.