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Waverley Borough Council Committee System - Committee Document

Meeting of the Executive held on 11/01/2005
Environment & Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee; Review of Fly Tipping

Annexe 2
Environment & Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee; Review of Fly Tipping

Main Conclusions:

1. It is clear from the information gathered under the review that currently Waverley’s own fly tipping problem, when compared with other Councils, is relatively modest and that the existing procedures for dealing with fly tipping, which are the Council’s direct responsibility i.e. fly tips on Council owned land, appear sound, timely and cost effective. The contractor costs for clearing fly tipping on land for which Waverley is responsible was approximately 12,000 in 2003/04 and the average clear up rate is approximately 2.5 days from receiving a report - this being an improvement on previous years performance.

2. However there is a growing perception that the problem of fly tipping is widespread and evidence from private landowners within the Waverley area indicates a much greater problem albeit one which is outside of Waverley’s direct responsibility. It is therefore considered that the Council use its wider community role as a means of influencing and addressing the fly tipping problem for the whole of Waverley with partner and other agencies.

3. Fly tipping is regarded as a ‘Signal Crime’ i.e. an example of a criminal and disorderly act) that has a disproportionate affect on peoples’ lives in terms of them perceiving that this type of incident is a risk to their personal safety, other examples of ‘Signal Crimes’ include graffiti, abandoned vehicles and fly-posting.

4. Regulations and directives governing the disposal of waste as well as future directives are likely to exacerbate the problem of fly tipping. The impact of Landfill Tax, the EU Recycling Directive on the disposal of fridges and freezers as well as the EU Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment regulations covering most domestic electrical goods such as televisions and computers have or are likely to have an impact on fly tipping. In addition, as from July 2003 the Landfill Regulations have put a ban on the depositing of certain whole tyres and only sites where their licence permits can accept whole tyres. Shredded tyres (except for bicycle tyres and certain other tyres) may not be accepted as landfill after 16th July 2006. As a result of the introduction of the above regulations and directives disposal authorities will have to provide licensed centres for disposal of materials for which charges may be levied on the public and businesses which would cover the increased disposal costs that will arise from the more environmentally acceptable but more expensive methods of disposal required.

5. Under the Fly tipping Matrix arrangement between authorities, Waverley are now responsible for investigating any fly tipped load of up to 7.5 tons, any larger fly tipped loads and those that are considered harmful to health or the environment would come within the remit of the Environment Agency working with the relevant local authority.