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'Dob in flytippers', ex-council house tenants told
EX-COUNCIL housing tenants are being told to 'dob in' flytippers as they are warned it is their money being spent on clean ups.
Red Kite Community Housing, which bought Wycombe's stock of over 6,000 council homes last year, says thousands of pounds are being wasted clearing up illegally dumped waste.
Baths, tyres and wardrobes are among the items found by its staff.
Trevor Morrow, the organisation's chief executive, said: "People who don't do anything and are keeping quiet, they're the ones paying for it.
"Don't just think because someone else clears it up you are not paying for it, you are. "People just don't think of that, but that's what's will motivate people." He issued this message to leaseholders and tenants: "Get onto the hotline and dob them in, at least we have a chance to get the money back."
People will start noticing the costs when they get their service charge bills, he added.
According to Red Kite more rural areas such as Marlow have been targeted because of the amount of space there is to dump waste.
Service roads around areas like Castlefield and Mickelfield, High Wycombe, have also been a problem.
The average fine for people found guilty of fly-tipping is £1299 and Mr Morrow said that offenders "deserve to get heavy fines".
He said: "It's a particularly selfish act, damaging to the community and its illegal at the end of the day.
"There is no grey area, there is no one who doesn't know it's wrong, there's no excuses. "People have to be more responsible."
Regular inspections are carried but he said: "The problem is it's quite a silent crime and it rarely happens during the day it happens when not many people are out and about so we are reliance on residents to help us."
Last year more than five hundred incidents of fly-tipping, costing the tax payer over £47,000, were reported within the Wycombe district, council figures showed.
The Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire has secured 331 convictions for fly-tipping offences since 2003.
Call its hotline on 0845 3301856.
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