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Santa is watching: campaign to fight fly-tipping

Santa is watching: campaign to fight fly-tipping

07 December 2020
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Wokingham Borough Council has announced a Christmas crackdown on fly-tipping, reminding law breakers that ‘Santa is watching’. We encourage you all to play your part in keeping the borough clean and green, by disposing of your rubbish responsibly and legally over the festive period. 


We’re taking a zero-tolerance approach to offenders and Christmas will not prevent us clamping down where necessary. We regularly inspect all fly-tips for evidence of where it came from and use CCTV to monitor hotspot areas. 


So far this year, 74 people have been added to Santa’s naughty list, and been issued with a fixed penalty of either £80 or £400 because their waste was dumped illegally. 


As part of the, ‘Santa is Watching’ campaign, you can help us by reporting any illegal dumping you see. You can share information, location details and photos confidentially online. We have used information provided by you to successfully identify and fine perpetrators.


Cllr Parry Batth, executive member for environment and leisure, said: “We operate a zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping all year round - and the festive period is no different. We will take action against this anti-social behaviour.” 


Support our mission to keep our borough clean and green. Save Santa a trip and head to the tip with your unwanted household waste this winter. 


You can dispose of your waste and recycling at the recycling centres at Longshot Lane, Bracknell, or Smallmead, Reading which are open. Visit the re3website to book a slot and for Christmas and New Year opening hours.  


We know that the run-up to Christmas can be a busy time, so why not make use of our 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 about the large unwanted items service. 


Whether you’re chucking out your Christmas tree, old toys, or are simply disposing of household waste, please also remember that, ‘your waste, is your responsibility’. This means you must ensure all your household rubbish is disposed of properly and legally. 


Don’t get caught out using an unlicensed ‘man with a van’. Take reasonable steps to check that anyone you use to remove waste from your property is authorised. Failure to do so could also land you with a fine. Use the waste carrier quick check tool on the Environment Agency’s website or visit the Right Waste Right Place website to help you check.


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