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Littering and Fly-tipping

Flytipping and Waste Disposal Covid-19 Update

The vast majority of our residents do the right thing, but at this time, there has been a reported increase in flytipping across the borough which is resulting in increased demand for services.

Dumping waste is a criminal offence, could result in a fixed penalty fine of up to £400 or unlimited fine or imprisonment on conviction. It’s bad for the environment and puts added strain on our essential service providers and key workers - the men and women who work hard to keep our streets clean.

As most of us are now staying at home, it is natural that this will create more household waste and put pressure on our recycling and waste services.

While household waste recycling centres were closed to the public on 25 March, they have now reopened, with restrictions in place. For more information, see our page on tips.

Our waste crews are also collecting record levels of rubbish – an increase of 20 tonnes in weight and 40 tonnes in volume in recent weeks. We have also maintained our garden waste and bulky collection services.

If you wish to dispose of your garden cuttings and have not yet signed up to the garden waste scheme then please visit www.tamworth.gov.uk/mygardenbin. If signing up to the garden waste service is not an option, consider undertaking home composting, for guidance on home composting www.tamworth.gov.uk/composting.

If you plan a clear out or DIY project, please be prepared to hang on to your waste or dispose of it responsibly, by making arrangements with private skip companies or using our bulky waste service. Visit www.tamworth.gov.uk/bulky-waste-collections or call 0345 002 0022.

We continue to investigated incidents of flytipping continue and ask if you witness an offence to please report it via www.tamworth.gov.uk/street-issues or by calling 01827 709709.

Litter and dog waste bins

During recent weeks there’s been a large increase in the use of litter and dog waste bins across the town, which is to be expected due to more people walking in the local area for their daily exercise as a result of the lockdown. We are trying our best to keep on top of this and have increased the frequency of bin emptying as much as possible with the workforce available.

There are more than 900 litter and dog waste bins across Tamworth and we do aim to empty the majority before they become full, but obviously the current situation has changed previous levels of demand and the patterns of which bins need emptying more often.

You can help by letting us know if you see an overflowing bin. You can report this quickly and easily online at www.tamworth.gov.uk/street-issues and we can get it emptied as soon as possible. This will also help us build a new picture of where the demand is currently greatest.

If a bin is full, we would really appreciate it if people could take their rubbish to another bin, or if possible, take it home. Thank you.

Home Bonfires - We are also appealing to residents to not dispose of waste on a bonfire as the smoke generated causes air pollution and has potential health effects for you and your neighbours, especially if they have contracted the Covid-19 virus or have underlying conditions. Fellow residents who are self-isolating may rely on fresh air from open windows as they are unable to leave their homes.

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Littering

Every year we spend almost a million pound clearing up street litter. People can now be fined £80 if spotted dropping litter. See our FAQ about fines we can now issue. Litter not only makes a place look untidy, but it can pose a number of hazards to people. There are plenty of litter bins across Tamworth - please use them or risk facing a fine.

What is fly-tipping?

It includes: General household waste, fridges, sofas, mattresses, garden waste, commercial and industrial waste. It costs the the taxpayer approximately £150,000 a year to clean up fly-tipping. Basically it is waste tipped on land which does not have a waste management licence.

Campaign against illicit waste

A county-wide campaign has been launched by representatives from all of the local councils, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Staffordshire Police, the Environment Agency, the DVSA and Highways England to address the problem. Find out more from this 'Staffordshire Prepared' News Release. The Right Place website gives more information about correctly disposing of waste.

The law

It is a serious criminal offence. Anyone - including householders - can be prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The maximum penalty is £50,000 fine and/or twelve months imprisonment. However Crown Court prosecutions can lead to unlimited fines and/or imprisonment of up to five years. Dumped hazardous waste such as asbestos can lead to a prison sentence of up to five years. Fly-tipping from vehicles can see the owner of the vehicle prosecuted. The police have the powers to seize vehicles. Select this link for more information on Environmental Crime Enforcement Policy.

Where to dispose of your rubbish

You can dispose of extra waste at household recycling centres. Glass, paper and drinks cans can be recycled in your weekly blue box collection or at recycling centres. If you are a householder, you can dispose of bulky items such as unwanted furniture, old cookers and fridges, carpets and scrap metal goods for a small charge.

If you see somebody you suspect of fly-tipping, please if possible make a note of:

  • The day, date and time you saw the tipping.
  • How many people were involved, what they looked like and what they were doing
    Any vehicles involved - if possible the make, colour and registration number
  • What was tipped: How much and what it looked like

We will: Inspect the dumped materials, arrange for removal, collect evidence and interview any suspects.
If we collect sufficient evidence, we will prosecute the offender through the criminal courts.

Please do not confront the fly-tippers and put yourself at risk.

Report it

To report fly tipping call telephone: 01827 709709. You may be asked to make a written statement about what you saw. You can also report the details using the online Report It form.