Freedom of information response

Fly-Tipping

Publication date: 
Friday 31 May 2019
Request: 

1.    I have noticed that since this scheme came into effect there has been a large increase in the amount of 'fly tipping' specifically around the Orsett/Bulphan area. To simply stop alleged trade waste at the tip was not an answer. Without the ability to police the area effectively it is simply inviting tipping. No I am not a 'tradesperson', I am just a retired guy, living in Orsett, who is sick and tired of the rubbish being dumped on our lanes and roads. Whatever pennies is saved at the tip must be overwhelmed by the clean-up costs due to fly tippers.

2.    Can you provide a list of successful prosecutions over the last couple of years? Also what is the cost of prosecution?

Response: 

1. The permit scheme went live on the 3rd of April 2018 in order to obtain a full picture of what elements are working or not working.  We would need to allow for a suitable period of time to elapse over range of busy periods and bank holidays. At present our data shows a significant reduction in the waste deposited on-site and no attributable increase in fly-tipping.  Legitimate residents of the borough can apply for and are issued a van permit at zero cost, car users do not need a permit.

To date we have issued 4201 permits to legitimate site users, all of which have been issued within 10 days.  

Commercial users attempting to use the site to dispose of business waste may be frustrated, however, attempting to dispose of this waste at the site is illegal and it is their obligation to dispose of their waste at a commercial facility.

Thurrock Council have recruited an additional two Enforcement Officers as part of the wider Clean it, Cut it, Fill it campaign, who are taking a wide range of actions to address environmental crime in the borough.

From the beginning of 2019 our records show Orsett and Bulphan has one of the lowest fly tipping percentage in the borough.

2. No prosecutions have been undertaken in past couple of years.

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Request reference:
FOI 9028