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Officers volunteer time to clear dumped rubbish

Last Modified May 19, 2022
Car loads of rubbish was collected as part of a community clean up in Potters Bar on Monday, 3 May.

Officers from Hertsmere Borough Council joined forces with Community Payback (part of the Probation Service) to collect rubbish on Cranbourne Parade, an un-adopted road, and transport it to the local tip.

The volunteers spent the day clearing over 30 bags of waste including a Christmas tree, furniture, tyres and other general household waste. At the end of the day the rubbish was then taken to Potters Bar Recycling Centre to be disposed of responsibly.

Cllr Pervez Choudbury, Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, said: “Thank you to the officers from both our community safety team and community payback for clearing the road of rubbish. Everyone who took part volunteered their time to take part in today's successful clearance event, which has gone someway to improving the local landscape.

“I am disappointed with irresponsible people continuing to litter and illegally dispose of materials in this way, ruining the landscape and environment and having no regard whatsoever for others. There is no excuse for littering or fly-tipping and it will not be tolerated. This attitude costs local authorities thousands of pounds a year to clear up, vital funds which could be spent on essential services and supporting our communities.

"As a council, we have a number of ways in which people can dispose of waste, whether through our kerbside waste and recycling collections, bulky waste collections, local bins and of course local tips. If you are out please keep hold of your waste until you get home or go past a bin. It’s simple.”

Fly tipping is a criminal offence. You can be prosecuted even if your waste is fly tipped by someone else. Remember, if it's your waste, it's your responsibility.

Householders can be issued with a £300 fixed penalty notice – reduced to £200 if paid within 10 days – or a criminal conviction in court if their domestic waste is fly tipped.

If you need to have your rubbish removed, always use a registered waste carrier. There are some simple steps - using the SCRAP mnemonic - you can take:

  • Suspect all waste carriers; do not let them take your waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate. A professional waste carrier should happily answer reasonable questions.
  • Check their waste carrier registration details, then verify them by searching the Environment Agency website or by calling 03708 506 506. Note down the registration number of the vehicle used to take your waste away.
  • Refuse unexpected offers to have any rubbish taken away. If you do not trust that someone who you have spoken to will be disposing of waste legally, report their vehicle registration and name to the Environment Agency.
  • Ask what will happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately.
  • Paperwork should be obtained. Make sure you get a proper invoice, waste transfer note or a receipt for your waste removal. This should give a description of the waste and provide the waste carrier’s contact details.

To find out more about our kerbside collections, bulky collections or information on what be recycled, please visit www.hertsmere.gov.uk/bins.

For information on community safety, please visit www.hertsmere.gov.uk/csp

Hertsmere is an active member of Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group, a multi-agency taskforce set up to tackle fly tipping. As part of the ‘Let’s SCRAP fly tipping’ countywide campaign we’re reminding Hertfordshire residents that if they see fly tipping in progress to call 999 immediately and report the incident using our online form - www.hertsmere.gov.uk/reportit - or calling our customer service team on 020 8207 2277.

For more information on how to dispose of your waste responsibly or find a registered waste carrier, please visit www.hertsmere.gov.uk/flytipping
Posted on Tuesday 10th May 2022

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