Five ways to fight fly-tipping
When bulky rubbish gets dumped down your street, it’s ugly, can be dangerous and is expensive to clear. Every call-out to remove old mattresses, fridges and furniture costs us in excess of £50 – and that’s money we could be spending on better services for you.
Here’s how you can help.
- Tell your local council if you see anyone dumping their junk in your neighbourhood. Every time they do, it’s costing you. Find out how you can do this on www.gov.uk/report-flytipping
- Never fly-tip yourself. Avoid a hefty fine by getting the council to take away your large items. Your local council offers each household a number of free collections a year. Search ‘bulky waste’ on their website.
- Sell or donate unwanted items to a charity shop or through online sites like www.freecycle.org, www.ilovefreegle.org, www.quakersocialaction.org.uk, www.recyclenow.com or www.ebay.co.uk.
- If you have suitable transport, you can take unwanted items to your local council’s Refuse and Recycling Centre. Run a search on their website to find out where the nearest is located.
- When you buy a new bed, washing machine or sofa, check whether the retailer will take away your old items. Many offer this as a free service.