LETTER OF THE DAY: The fly-tipping blight

Local authorities have been stepping up the bid to prevent the illegal dumping of waste
Local authorities have been stepping up the bid to prevent the illegal dumping of waste

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I would like to thank The News for highlighting the challenge of dealing with fly-tipping across Hampshire.

It is, indeed, sad to see the scant disregard unscrupulous people show to communities and the countryside by fly-tipping, when there are plenty of legal and responsible alternatives.

The pictures in your article show the commercial scale of waste sometimes fly-tipped, and I fully back the efforts across Hampshire to tackle this.

We are working together with our partners in the district councils, police and countryside organisations to encourage people to report fly-tipping. In this way, the police and our district colleagues will have better information which can be used for enforcement and prosecutions.

It is also extremely important that people understand their own ‘duty of care’ when they pay someone to take their waste away – as highlighted by Havant Borough Council’s campaign.

In the past year, the county council has opened up all of Hampshire’s 24 household waste recycling centres to accept waste from businesses on a chargeable basis, providing more local and cost effective options for small businesses than they had before.

There is progress - while the district councils collect waste that is fly-tipped, it is the county council which disposes of it, and I’m encouraged to see that the amount of tonnes delivered to us to dispose of is steadily decreasing.

It’s vital we all continue to do whatever we can to tackle fly-tipping for many reasons – from the view of a local authority, reducing the costs of both collecting and disposing of fly-tipped waste, reduces unnecessary cost to the taxpayer so more funds can go on much-needed council services.

Cllr Roy Perry

Leader of Hampshire County Council

The Castle, Winchester