We all know that fly-tipping is illegal… or do we? And why does it still happen with such regularity?
Fly-tipping in Manchester
The illegal dumping of rubbish occurs all over the country, although a brief glance at the news shows that Manchester is a hotspot for this crime. From a 44ft trailer dumped on the streets of Openshaw to one Manchester resident repeatedly dumping waste outside her own home, Manchester City Council prosecutes regularly – there have been 221 prosecuted cases of fly-tipping and dumping of commercial waste in the last year alone. However, one report showed that there were 144 fly-tipping incidents per day occurring in the Greater Manchester area.
Disposing of waste legally
Disposing of waste isn’t only illegal for the fly-tipper. If you’ve given your waste to someone to dispose of on your behalf, you can still be charged if you don’t use a registered waste carrier and receive a waste transfer note. One Stockport builder allegedly gave his rubbish to a white van man, who dumped the waste. It was traced back to the original builder, who was fined £1,360.
Manchester-based startup Dsposal carried out a survey which found that “49 per cent [of adults in Greater Manchester] were completely unaware that rubbish clearance services were legally required to possess a waste carrier’s licence, with 65 per cent of those aged 18-34 unaware of the need for a licence.”
What can I do?
The Environment Agency have a list of registered waste carriers, so check if your carrier is listed. To dispose of business or commercial waste, ensure that you receive a waste transfer note, which transfers responsibility for that load of waste to the carrier.
The Manchester Evening News investigated fly-tipping in Manchester earlier this year, finding campaigns such as Keep Britain Tidy and Trash Talk have contributed to 7,000 Mancunians taking part in over 200 clean-up events. If you spot waste, you can report fly-tipping to Manchester City Council.