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Fly tipping in Hampshire result of 'organised crime on national scale', says councillor

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Fly tipping in Hampshire result of 'organised crime on national scale', says councillor

Published at 6:00am 23rd February 2020. (Updated at 10:18am 23rd February 2020)

The councillor responsible for Hampshire's tips says fly tipping in the county is predominantly the result of actions by criminal gangs.

Rob Humby, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment said it was a national issue and that the county council was focused on making sure those committing fly-tipping crimes were "vigorously pursued".

He added residents and business owners were responsible for checking that any third party used for clearance work has a waste carriers licence issued by the Environment Agency.

You can be fined an unlimited amount or face 5 years in prison if your waste ends up being dumped illegally and you cannot show that you took reasonable steps to prevent it.

Cllr Humby said:

“There is no excuse fly-tipping. It is not the result of a few individuals wanting to get rid of the odd mattress, unable to either organise a waste collection from their local council or take it to the HWRC for free.

“These aren’t the sort of people who use a recycling centre, sorting out their cardboard from their electricals like most law-abiding citizens.

“It is predominantly organised crime on a national scale, with commentators highlighting the profits these criminal gangs are making.

“I would urge all Hampshire residents to be vigilant, report what they see and know their legal duty when it comes to employing anyone to take their waste for them.”

Disposing of non household waste, such as rubble, plasterboard and asbestos is charged for by the council.

From 1 April residents from outside of Hampshire will have to pay £5 per visit to one of the county's tips.

In our area the sites at Aldershot, Farnborough and Hartley Wintney will be affected.

Find out more about disposing of waste in Hampshire