COMMUNITY clean-up days will be used to prevent fly-tipping in Gosport after the council scrapped a free rubbish skip scheme.
Gosport Borough Council has identified nine areas of the town which are in need of cleaning.
These are three areas in Bridgemary South, Elson, Forton, Holbrook, Lee East, Leesland and Peel Common.
Earlier this year the council scrapped its funding for a scheme which gave free rubbish skips to residents.
Critics feared the move would lead to more rubbish being dumped illegally in the town.
Now the council will hold community clean-up days to offer people somewhere to legally dispose of household waste.
Leader of the council, Cllr Mark Hook, said: ‘We have not experienced fly-tipping but what we are trying to do is encourage people to use the correct facilities.
‘It’s a pre-emptive measure rather than a reactive one.
‘It gives people the opportunity if they can’t get down to dispose of items at the waste recycling centre.
‘It gives them the chance to dispose of them in another way instead.
‘It’s there to help the community get rid of their rubbish responsibly.’
Fly-tipping has long been a problem in the town, with many people being taken to court and fined for illegally dumping their rubbish.
Independent councillor for Leesland, Cllr Dave Smith, said: ‘People have still got to dump their rubbish and they can’t afford a skip.
‘In my view scrapping the amenity skip scheme was a false economy.
‘We always said it will cost the council more in the long run by having to tidy up afterwards.
‘I have seen increased fly-tipping across the borough.
‘I have had reports of people who have had things dumped in their back alleys.
‘People shouldn’t think dumping is acceptable.’
People who come along to the community clean-up days can turn up with unwanted household items.
If they are still in working order, other residents can take them away for free.
Items left at the end of the day will be offered to charities.
There will also be a scrap metal merchant, Streetscene officers and housing officers.
To find out when an event is being held in your area, call resident involvement officer Sam Downing on (023) 9254 5686.