The Oxfordshire Resources and Waste Partnership, made up of all the councils in Oxfordshire, has launched a campaign to “SCRAP Fly Tipping” by making people aware of their responsibilities when it comes to disposing of their waste.
Residents are being urged to follow the S.C.R.A.P. code to avoid fines and prosecution:
S – Suspect all waste carriers.
C – Check with the Environment Agency that the carrier is licensed.
R – Refuse unexpected offers to have waste taken away.
A – Ask what will happen to your waste.
P – Paperwork should be obtained – such as a detailed invoice or full receipt.
There were more than 6,000 instances of fly tipping in Oxfordshire in the last twelve months – an increase on the figures of around 4,200 in both 2018/19 and 2019/20. As well as blighting the countryside and local amenity areas, fly tipping costs local council taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds every year to clean up.
The campaign will make residents aware that they can face both an unlimited fine for fly tipping as well as prosecution, or a fixed penalty notice if their waste has been found fly tipped after arranging for it to be removed.
Residents can anonymously report suspected illegal waste services to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. If you find waste that has been fly tipped, please report it to the South Oxfordshire District Council.
There is more information at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/flytipping.