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Article date - 12 March 2021
The pile, consisting of general household waste and broken furniture, plus over 30 car tyres scattered the length of the road, was reported by residents to St Helens Borough Council on Friday (5 March) and removed completely by its street cleansing team the same day.
Fortunately, environmental health officers investigating the offence were able to extract evidence from the waste and are hopeful that this will lead to successful enforcement.
The find follows the launch of a brand-new local awareness campaign called #ThinkTwice, urging residents to do just that when arranging waste collection services and highlighting the criminality of fly-tipping.
Even if you’re not the one dumping waste, you could be breaking the law and be left with a hefty fine if you hand waste over to someone who isn’t licensed if they dump it where they shouldn’t.
Councillor Andy Bowden, St Helens Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said:
“Fly-tipping is a crime that stems from laziness and the selfish view that someone else will always clean up your mess. It won’t be tolerated in our borough and our officers work exceptionally hard to combat it.
“But as residents we also have a responsibility to do our due diligence when arranging disposal of waste. By ensuring that we only deal with licensed and trustworthy carriers we ensure that we’re not contributing to the problem. As with many trade services, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is, so please do your research and carry out the simple checks, or you might be left with a hefty fine.”
Councillor Jeanie Bell, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities, added:
“When it comes to our fly-tipping prosecution work we tirelessly investigate every case. In this pursuit the information that residents can provide, together with the evidence that culprits often stupidly leave behind, is invaluable.
“I’d urge anyone who finds tipped waste or who sees waste being dumped to contact the council as soon as possible, noting key details like vehicle registrations, a description of the tipper, and where and when it happened, so that we can hold those responsible to account.”
If you pay someone to dispose of your waste, make sure they’re operating legally. Householders have a ‘duty of care’ to check that someone they pay to remove waste from their property is a licensed waste carrier.
You can easily check if someone has a waste carrier’s licence online: