Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has joined forces with the Welsh Government and Fly-tipping Action Wales to crack down on Fly Tipping hot spots across the County Borough.
The Council’s Enforcement and Awareness Officers will now be armed with the latest technology and be able to use a smart phone to log, photograph and plot fly-tipping incidents onto a GPS mapping system in real time.
It will pinpoint fly-tipping hotspots in Rhondda Cynon Taf and five other local authorities - Carmarthenshire, Gwynedd, Newport, Denbighshire and Cardiff.
Past items recovered include mattresses, sofas, washing machines, fridges, toys and lots more. Fly-tipping, the illegal dumping of waste, poses a threat not just to humans but to wildlife and damages our environment.
Each year 36,000 incidents of fly-tipping, are reported in Wales. It costs the Welsh tax payer more than £2.1 million to clear up and carries a maximum fine of up to £50,000 if you are caught.
The Council is urging residents and businesses to check who they ask to dispose of their waste, because if it is later found fly tipped it will be the waste owner who is held responsible.
The Streetcare Enforcement and Awareness team regularly patrol the streets on foot, bikes and in cars ensuring that our County Borough is a clean, green place to live work and visit.
Whilst out and about the team have a duty to investigate any waste that has been discarded inappropriately and are generally able to track down the perpetrators and hold them to account.
Over the last two year 611 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) have been issued to individuals who committed acts of environmental crime, which includes, dog fouling, fly tipping, littering and dropping cigarette butts. This has resulted in environmental criminals coughing up a whopping £45,825 which could have been avoided if they had simply disposed of their waste responsibly.
Refusal to pay the £75 FPNs led to some of these being dealt with at magistrates court and often resulting in several hundred pounds worth of fines and costs being imposed on them when found guilty.
During the same period the Council’s Enforcement and Awareness Officers issued thousands of warning letters in a bid to encourage residents to learn the error of their ways and think twice before they commit the eco-crime!
All the revenue generated from the FPNs is invested back in frontline services, to further improve our County Borough and respond to the priority issues our residents have identified.
Councillor Ann Crimmings, Cabinet Member for Environment, Leisure & Sport, said “The illegal disposal of waste is a problem throughout the area of Rhondda Cynon Taf and has a detrimental impact on the environment and human health.
“Fly-tipping along the A470 from Pontypridd to Cardiff cost a whopping £36,000 to clear in 2013 with the Council’s Streetcare team removing an estimated 4000 black bags.
“Fly-tipping and littering is serious business, the cleanup costs of taking them to the waste centre and cleaning the residue they leave behind costs the Council and tax payer thousands of pounds - money which could have been spent on vital services. It may seem like a cheaper alternative to dump your waste at the roadside, but not only could you receive a hefty fine but your family could be affected by the loss of services because those items have to be cleared by the Council! The message is clear fly-tipping will not be tolerated!
“The Streetcare Enforcement Team will do all in its power to eradicate this type of behaviour in the Country Borough in an effort to make Rhondda Cynon Taf a clean and safe place to live, work and visit.”
The Council also boasts an award winning mattress recycling facility. Mattresses can be taken to any of the Council’s Community Recycling Centres. These are then taken to the Amgen Cymru facility in Bryn Pica, Llwydcoed to be stripped and recycled.
For more information and assistance on dealing with your waste legally or to report fly-tipping, call 01443 425001, visit the pages on this website, email us or tweet us