FLYTIPPING in Gosport has reduced by a third despite the council scrapping free amenity skips last year.
Gosport Borough Council reported that the number of flytipping incidents has reduced from 126 incidents to 86 in the past year.
Last year the council took out a new contract with a Spanish firm for bin collections, which includes collecting on bank holidays.
The leader of the council, Cllr Mark Hook, says he feels this has had a positive impact on the borough.
Cllr Hook said: ‘Our contractors are working well so I am pleased to report fly tipping has reduced by over 30 per cent and there has been a marked reduction in the contamination of recycling.’
‘It was our first year without free amenity skips.
‘Part of that is because people work on bank holidays.
‘Before it always used to be confusing what day your collection would take place over bank holidays.
‘Now, we put it out on the same day. There’s no confusion as to when bins are going out.’
The firm Urbaser now collect Gosport’s household, garden and clinical waste and empties recycling banks.
It also cleans streets, public toilets and some of the town’s sports pavilions.
Cllr Hook added that the council has worked with Hampshire County Council to open up the access to the household waste centre, located in Rowner, which used to get extremely busy.
‘Before you had to queue out onto Grange Road to get into the tip,’ he added.
‘With the new arrangements in, more areas are available for tipping and people are using the tip more.
‘I think people have been acting responsibly. The tip has made a great difference.
‘There is no need for people to fly tip.
‘With the new tip and the arrangements for collecting rubbish there is no need for it.
‘It shows that by working with Hampshire county council that we can find solutions to some of these problems.
‘We can’t always stop people from breaking the law but we can make it as easy as possible for people to dispose of their rubbish.’