Sandwell calls on residents to help catch fly-tippers

Residents of Blakedon Road in Wednesbury were dismayed by the criminal behaviour of fly-tippers last week.

 

They alerted Sandwell Council that on Friday 13 August a white tipper truck illegally dumped around 200 used tyres on council land. Sandwell is visiting all tyre companies to check their Duty of Care on how they dispose of waste tyres.

Sandwell is also asking all residents to get in contact if they have any further information about this incident, and encouraging everyone to report any other incidents of fly-tipping at www.sandwell.gov.uk/flytipping on the council website.

Fly-tipping is a crime and it is not just ugly, it is bad for the environment, can be dangerous and hits people in the pocket as each time a there is a cost to clean it up. Council Leader Councillor Rajbir Singh said: “Fly-tipping is not just anti-social, it’s a crime. It can be dangerous, causes pollution and costs the taxpayers of Sandwell significant amounts of money to clean up and remove.

There’s absolutely no excuse for it and we need residents’ help to help stamp it out.” Deputy Council Leader Councillor Maria Crompton said the council used CCTV and information from the public to help identify the perpetrators of fly-tipping incidents.

She said: “If you are caught fly-tipping in Sandwell, you will be fined £400 and/or prosecuted.” Councillor Crompton also reminded householders that, by law, they are responsible for making sure the person who collects their waste is a licensed waste carrier, otherwise the householder could face a £400 fine.

If you have any information regarding fly-tipping please contact us in confidence on 0121 368 1177 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. If you are worried that fly-tipping is a danger to the public, for example, if it is blocking a road or there are dumped chemicals, call Sandwell Council immediately on 0121 368 1177. If it’s not dangerous, report it online via the council's fly-tipping webpage at www.sandwell.gov.uk/fly-tipping The council’s webpage also has advice on how to check a waste carrier’s licence – or you can call the Environment Agency on 03708 506506.

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