In Walsall, fly-tipping cost council tax-payers in excess of £426,000 last year. This money would otherwise be available to invest in other services valued by residents.
A number of trials are proposed which will give the best means by which Cabinet can make evidence-led decisions in future budget setting and service design. These include:
Trial free skip service for the deposit of household bulky items
Trial period of extending the opening hours of the Household Waste Recycling Centres
Trial period of providing a free collection of bulky household items
Increase to the level of reward leading to successful prosecutions for fly-tipping from £100 to £500
Ongoing communications campaign, to inform and educate residents and businesses
Councillor Louise Harrison, Portfolio Holder for Clean and Green said:
“Dealing with fly-tipping is a high priority for Walsall Council – in April to June alone this year, 897 fly-tips were recorded. We’re planning to trial a number of initiatives to make it easier for our residents to legally dispose of their waste. But if they don’t, our stance is one of zero tolerance.”
“Fridges and freezers are a real problem. People leave them out for scrap with the best of intentions, but only the motors have any value, so they get ripped out and the fridges get dumped.”
“Our residents need to know that they have a legal Duty of Care to ensure their waste is disposed of legally. If you’re offered what looks like a cheap deal on Facebook, it’s cheap for a reason.”
“Having given residents the opportunity to do the right thing, we hope to see a reduction both in the number of fly-tipping incidents and also in the costs of collecting and disposing of the waste.”
As well as these measures to combat fly-tipping, Cabinet will also be looking to re-introduce fortnightly collections of garden waste.
Councillor Harrison added:
“Residents were consulted on their garden waste collection service in the Summer of 2017 and nearly half of them wanted no changes to the service – it is our intention to give residents what they want and bring back fortnightly collections.”