The local councils in Kent are currently making a massive effort to tackle the county's fly tipping problem. We all need to work together though to make sure that we are doing everything we can to tackle the problem.
Recently a woman was fined £300 by Canterbury City Council for not making sure that her waste was disposed of responsibly.
She has paid someone £90 to someone that she had found on Facebook to take it away but as she did not have a receipt, invoice or WTN, she was unable to prove that she had checked they were licensed waste carrier.
The council's head of safer neighbourhoods, Doug Rattray, said: "We are determined to catch the people who fly tip rubbish across the district and blight our beautiful corner of the Garden of England. But householders who are paying for their rubbish to be taken away need to live up to their responsibilities too.
"While criminals make money from acting illegally, our council taxpayers or landowners foot the bill of the clean up which is clearly unfair.
“If we find your rubbish dumped by the side of the road, in a layby, in the woods or anywhere else, we will be knocking on your door and asking you to prove you paid a licensed carrier to take it away. A receipt, invoice or other paperwork is a good start as well making a note of the truck or van’s registration."
We are delighted that the local councils are cracking down on those operating illegally. We have put together a list of links to report fly tipping in the East Kent area.
Canterbury City Council aim to collected reported fly tipping within 48 hours of it being reported.
Ashford Borough Council work with the police and EA to make sure that offenders are prosecuted.
Thanet District Council have been known to hand out fines of up to £7000 for the worst offenders.
Swale Borough Council ask that anyone witnessing fly tipping should call 999.
Dover District Council also aim to have the offending rubbish removed within 2 days of it being reported.
Folkestone and Hythe District Council advise that the maximum fine for fly tipping is £50,000
We all have a role to play to make sure that our beautiful corner of the country doesn't become a danger to our wildlife.
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