Wokingham Borough Council has announced a Christmas crackdown on fly-tipping, reminding law breakers that ‘Santa is watching’.
This follows on from the council increasing CCTV surveillance and ‘we are watching you’ signage across the borough’s hotspots which has helped catch and issue fines to fly-tippers.
The council is encouraging residents to play their part in keeping the borough clean and green, by disposing of rubbish responsibly and legally over the festive period. Residents who use ‘man in van’ services are encouraged to check that their waste service provider carries a valid waste carrier’s licence – checking this takes less than a minute and can be done via the Environment Agency’s website.
Executive member for neighbourhood and communities Cllr Bill Soane said, “We have a zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping and inspect all incidents for evidence. Christmas will not prevent us clamping down on those responsible and with the increased 24/7 CCTV surveillance, which is moved regularly around the borough, we are reminding potential fly-tippers that we are watching you. We are committed to keeping the borough clean and green and with your help, we can catch those responsible for dumping waste.
“We are urging all residents to carry out their own checks to make sure that they are disposing of waste responsibly. It’s not hard to do and you will be doing your bit for the borough. The Re3 recycling centres will be open before the Christmas break and after the new year, so do book a tip slot. Remember, if you dump waste or use an unregistered waste carrier and we trace items back to you, you will be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £400."
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