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Call for tips to be re-opened as fly-tipping reports double

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6 MAY

Call for tips to be re-opened as fly-tipping reports double

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Community leaders are calling for the re-opening of waste recycling sites after fly tipping has more than doubled in the area.

Community leaders are calling for the re-opening of waste recycling sites after fly tipping has more than doubled in the area.

The appeal has been made by County Councillors Charlotte Atkins and Kyle Robinson after, they state: “A surge in fly-tipping, advice from Staffordshire fire service against lighting bonfires and complaints from residents troubled by smoke from waste burning which aggravates their breathing difficulties, it is now time to urgently reopen Staffordshire’s household waste recycling centres.”

The sites were closed due to the Government restrictions surrounding the on-going battle with Covid-19.

Councillor Atkins said: “It is perfectly possible for tips to be opened and for social distancing to be observed. People queue to get into supermarkets so why not in their cars at recycling centres?

Some councils have already reopened their tips as disposing of excess waste has now become vital for many families who are generating far more while stuck at home trying to keep their children occupied and safe.

I am sure our ingenious Staffordshire County staff could find a way to reopen the sites safely for limited periods with access controlled.

Otherwise we are going to be overwhelmed by more fly-tipping.”

Councillor Robinson added: “I have received numerous complaints from local residents about the nuisance of an increase in people burning household waste in their gardens.

This is having a detrimental impact on the health and well-being of people and putting an added burden on our local fire service.

I understand the desperation of families trying to dispose of excess waste by burning it.

But in densely populated communities any fire impacts badly on neighbours and can be incredibly harmful to those with existing breathing difficulties.

We need to have the tips reopened urgently to avoid community frustration with the lack of action turning into anger.”

A spokesman for Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC), which deals with fly-tipping issues and enforcements, confirmed to the Times & Echo that fly-tipping had doubled across the district, compared to this time last year. They said: “In April 2019, we cleared 30 instances of fly-tipping.

In April this year that doubled to 63 cleared incidents.”

Staffordshire County Council, which runs the county’s tips, has stated that it is keeping it’s waste recycling sites closed but that they are “monitoring the situation.”

Mark Deaville, Staffordshire County Council Cabinet member for Commercial, said: “Government guidance has been clear that people should only leave their homes for essential travel, such as for exercise, food shopping, or work, and visiting a recycling centre does not fall into that category.

Since the Government announcement to stay at home, closure has protected workers at the recycling centres and the public using them and reduced the pressure on the NHS.

It’s also allowed those workers to support essential services elsewhere in the authority.

We are monitoring the situation and are keeping in touch with the Government and neighbouring local authorities.

When the time is right it is very likely that we will reopen the sites with social distancing rules in place and we will publicise all those arrangements beforehand.”

In relation to fly-tipping, he added: “We are closely monitoring fly tipping incidents across the county with the district and borough councils, who are doing fine work, and there has only been a small increase in reported cases.

I detest this criminal behaviour and I think the people who do it would do it regardless of whether the recycling centres were open.

We will be supporting prosecutions where possible against the small minority of individuals that carry out this illegal, anti-social activity.

We greatly appreciate the vast majority of residents’ efforts in keeping their recyclable material at the home until we are able to reopen the network in Staffordshire.”

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is reminding people to make sure they dispose of any waste responsibly.

The authority states that the act of fly tipping is not only “irresponsible and anti-social, it’s illegal and you could be prosecuted and fined up to £50,000.”

Councillor Sav Scalise, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Fly-tipping blights our towns and countryside and is illegal. It also puts a huge additional strain on our teams at a time when they are already under pressure.

We know people may be using this period of being at home to get some jobs done around the house and garden. It is really important that any extra waste this creates is disposed of properly.

That means keeping any additional waste to a minimum and then either storing it until the tips re-open or, if that’s not possible, using only registered waste disposal carriers.

Anyone charging to remove waste must have a licence to do so. It’s important that residents use only registered waste carriers to dispose of any waste that can’t go in bins or be stored. Registered carriers will dispose of your waste legally and will be able to produce a copy of their licence which can then be checked on the Environment Agency’s website.”

Councillor Scalise added: “Our collection crews are working extremely hard to maintain essential collection services during this challenging period for all of us and we’ve been heartened by the many, many messages of thanks and goodwill they’ve received.

You can help show your appreciation in practical ways as well by managing the amount of waste you generate at this time and getting rid of it responsibly.

I know that the vast majority of you are doing this and I’d like to thank you for helping us. I’d also like to pass on my thanks to the crews who are continuing to operate a full collection service – a vital service which every household in the District relies on.”

People can report fly-tipping via our website www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk/report-it.

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