TAK­ING OUT THE TRASH

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Speak­ing with Thomas Carter, force op­er­a­tional lead for ru­ral, wildlife, her­itage and en­vi­ron­men­tal crime, it soon be­comes ob­vi­ous that fly tip­ping is a much more com­pli­cated is­sue than we re­alise. Rang­ing from aban­doned do­mes­tic waste to thou­sands of tonnes worth of in­dus­trial waste dumped, the prob­lem is per­va­sive and per­sis­tent.

Some fly tip­pers might not even recog­nise that is what they are do­ing. Many peo­ple that con­sider them­selves a part of the ‘free-cy­cle’ move­ment are in fact, fly tip­pers.

Thomas ex­plains: “Peo­ple think that once they’ve put some­thing out­side their house and onto the street and said ‘free to any­one who wants it’ then that’s their re­spon­si­bil­ity ab­solved.

“But in its sim­plest form that is de­posit­ing of waste on the high­way.”

Peo­ple should also con­sider who they are pay­ing to dis­pose of their waste. Many fall vic­tim to the un­li­censed man with van who of­fers to take rub­bish away for a fee, but in­stead of tak­ing it to the tip, dumps it. “The worst thing about that is if we ac­tu­ally track down the owner of the waste, then the orig­i­nal owner who has paid to have that waste re­moved could be pros­e­cuted for us­ing an un­li­censed waste con­trac­tor, so they com­mit an of­fence.” For­tu­nately it’s sim­ple to keep safe: the En­vi­ron­ment Agency have a list of all li­censed waste car­ri­ers.

Fight­ing the prob­lem, Thomas says, is a team ef­fort be­tween the Sus­sex Po­lice, the En­vi­ron­ment Agency and the district coun­cils, but the pub­lic also have a role to play in pre­ven­tion.

He says: “What we’re re­ally push­ing at the mo­ment for Sus­sex is em­pow­er­ing com­mu­ni­ties to tell us what is go­ing on.”

The best way to re­port fly tip­ping and sus­pected fly tip­ping is through the Sus­sex Po­lice web­site sus­sex.po­lice.uk/con­tact-us/

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Al­ter­na­tively, fly tip­ping can be re­ported anony­mously through Crimestop­pers on 0800 555111 or on their web­site

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