Wokingham Borough Council is ramping up its efforts to fight fly-tipping, operating a zero-tolerance approach against this illegal activity that blights our borough. Last year we successfully launched a campaign to combat fly-tipping, this year we are doubling down on our efforts, reminding offenders that ‘We Are Watching – and we are catching!’
Over the past year we received roughly £11,500 through fine income, which we are investing back into our enforcement activities. In December alone, we also issued two fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping, totalling £800.
We also were successful in court, with a historic case dating back to 2018 involving an incident in Hurst. Through legal proceedings the council has secured more than £1,000 against a man who illegally dumped a mattress in the village.
We’ve increased our efforts in historic hotspots, setting-up large earth bunds at Poperinghe Way in Arborfield stopping vehicles from driving up on the grassed areas. We also installed CCTV at this site, as well as along the A329, which is regularly targeted. We cleared more than 10 tonnes of rubbish from this stretch of motorway in the past 12 months.
“We are actively monitoring hot-spot areas, inspecting evidence and using CCTV to ensure we can take appropriate legal action against this unlawful activity,” said Cllr Parry Batth, executive member for environment and leisure.
“We will continue to crack down on criminals who engage in the activity, but we need your help. We are asking all of our residents to support by disposing of their waste responsibly and to help us in keeping our borough clean and green.”
Please remember that ‘your waste, is your responsibility’ meaning you must ensure all your household rubbish is disposed of properly and legally. Failure to do so could land you with £400 fixed penalty notice.
Ensure anyone you use to remove waste from your property has a proper license and is authorised to do so. Use the waste carrier quick check tool by visiting the Environment Agency’s website here or head to the Right Waste Right Place website to help you check.
If you’re redecorating your home in the New Year, make use of Wokingham Borough Council’s large unwanted items service, which collects a wide range of goods from carpets to washing machines. You can dispose of up to five large items for a charge of £56 using this service. Find out more here by visiting our website.
In addition, waste and recycling can also be disposed of at our recycling centres, including Longshot Lane, Bracknell, or Smallmead, Reading. Visit the re3website for more details.