A campaign to help residents avoid accidentally passing their waste to rogue traders and contributing to flytipping has been launched by Wyre Forest District Council.
The council has joined forces with Keep Britain Tidy and their #CrimeNotToCare campaign.
#CrimeNotToCare aims to help householders learn about the right thing to do with their rubbish and to reduce the amount of household waste that is flytipped by rogue traders who offer to take people’s waste away for money and then dump it.
The campaign aims to get the message across that if an individual’s waste is flytipped, even if they gave it to a third party to dispose of, they can be prosecuted.
Councillor John Thomas, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Operational Services said: “Flytipping is an unsightly and damaging crime that leads to the degradation of our natural environment and we want to do all we can to reduce flytipping.
“This new campaign is aimed at those who do not realise that by using a ‘man in the van’ and not checking they have a valid waste carrier’s license, that more than likely, their rubbish will end up being flytipped. The key message is that your rubbish is your responsibility to dispose of legally.”
Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “#CrimeNotToCare is an important campaign for our country and we are delighted that Wyre Forest District Council is partnering with us on it.
“There are almost a million flytipping incidents in England every year and cleaning it all up costs us more than £50million a year. It blights communities and our countryside and is a menace.
“We need the public to understand that their rubbish is their responsibility and they must do the right thing with it.”
Find out more – www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/crimenottocare/.