It has been suggested that restrictions at Household Waste Recycling Sites may be to blame for this surge in West Sussex fly-tipping incidents. High charges for builders’ waste and long wait times for access to local tips have also come up as possible contributors.
West Sussex County Council take action
In response to suggestions of where the blame lies, a spokesperson for West Sussex County Council (WSCC) commented: “Fly-tipping is both criminal and antisocial and there is no excuse for it regardless of the policy at household waste recycling sites (HWRSs).
“Large scale fly-tipping is perpetrated by rogue traders and other criminals and is, in any case, often outside the scope and scale of household waste permitted at the sites.
“Fly-tipping has been on the increase nationally in recent years regardless of the changes to HWRSs. Those who perpetrate it risk large fines or imprisonment if convicted.
“Householders can avoid unwittingly contributing to fly-tipping by ensuring that if they pay anyone to take waste away, they are a reputable company or local trader with a waste carrier’s licence.
“Changes are currently being implemented at HWRSs to make the experience of visiting sites quicker and easier for West Sussex residents.
Chief among these changes is that WSCC recently started a trial booking system for its busiest HWRSs: Bognor Regis, Crawley, Horsham, Littlehampton, Shoreham-By-Sea and Worthing. The idea is to allow residents safe disposal of their recycling and waste, limit waiting times and help reduce traffic disruption. Slots can be booked up to 14 days in advance and residents can make one trip in a week.
Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government Simon Clark voiced his concerns that booking systems introduced during the first lockdown could lead to increased fly-tipping.
And the WSCC booking system proposal hasn’t been met with a positive reception by all. Some believe reduced opening hours at West Sussex HWRSs and a booking system that reduces access further will light the touch paper of a fly-tipping explosion. Read residents’ reactions to the introduction of booking systems at West Sussex tips.
Fly-tipping in Oxfordshire
West Sussex isn’t the only county suffering a fly-tip deluge. As reported in the Oxford Mail, last November West Oxfordshire District Council made the decision to close recycling sites that were becoming littered with fly-tipped waste.
One site, in Chipping Norton town centre, was closed permanently in response to the amount of non-recyclable waste – everything from mattresses to large WEEE and hazardous waste – that’s been fly-tipped at Oxfordshire recycling centres during the pandemic.
However, this move has caused concern that, like the reduced access to West Sussex recycling centres, this could increase the Oxfordshire fly-tipping issue. Especially when the next closest recycling centre to Chipping Norton is a 25-minute drive away in Alkerton.
Contact your local waste management company
With a waste carrier’s licence and a team of skilled waste management professionals ready to deal with hazardous fly-tipped waste, we’re what your county needs to clean up its act.
RJS Waste Management has offices and expert operatives working in West Sussex and Oxfordshire where fly-tipping is on the rise. We can help remove and dispose of your hazardous waste for the health and safety of you and your local area.
Contact us today on 01243 213273 (Chichester) or 01865 598 069 (Oxford) to arrange a quote for your fly-tipped waste removal needs.