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Fly-tipping crackdown scheme celebrates its tenth year
A CRACKDOWN on fly-tipping in Bucks, which has saved taxpayers over £1million, celebrates its tenth anniversary this month.
The ‘Illegal Dumping Costs’ initiative was started in October 2003, when fly-tipping levels were increasing by 10 per cent each year.
In that time, 24,261 tonnes of waste has been illegally dumped in the county, equal to 2.5 times the weight of the Eiffel Tower.
385 convictions have been made, with a total of almost £500,000 in fines and awarded prosecution costs.
These included one man forced to pay £11,000 for dumping hazardous waste in woodland and a 14-week prison sentence for a repeat offender in High Wycombe.
Lesley Clarke, Bucks County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Fly-tipping is not only a nuisance, blighting our beautiful county, but can be very costly for those who have to deal with the consequences, which is why the campaign was started.
“Ten years on and we are convicting at the rate of one offender every week in Bucks.
“Our message to any would-be fly-tipper is clear; we have a zero tolerance approach to people who dump rubbish illegally and if you fly-tip in Buckinghamshire, not only are you very likely to be caught but you will have a criminal record as a result.”
Bucks now convicts ten times more offenders than on average across the country.
Residents play an important role in the fight against fly-tipping, with a third of convictions resulting from eye-witness reports.
You can report fly-tipping in Bucks by calling 0845 330 1856 or report it online at: www.buckscc.gov.uk/environment/waste,-recycling-and-treatment/fly-tipping/report-fly-tipping/#.Ulq6w1CsiSo
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