Whilst most of us are doing our bit to socially distance or isolate, helping keep key workers and vulnerable family and friends stay safe, some individuals and businesses continue to blight our borough with fly-tipping.
In addition to collecting 140% more in tonnages of garden waste compared to the previous week, our teams have had to clear even more fly-tipping than usual – double the numbers, in fact, from March 2019. However, some of this could be apportioned to the fact that we have focussed proactive work sending teams to investigate known fly-tipping spots including back alleys during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The majority of dumped waste seems to be coming from rogue waste disposal man-and-van type businesses. This includes over 60 boxes of partially frozen chicken thighs dumped at Birchinley car park, Milnrow and the playing fields at Firgrove. We have also collected large scale tips at Dig Gate Lane, Milnrow (pictured above) and building supplies found at Riverside Drive, in Smallbridge.
Councillor Neil Emmott, Cabinet Member for Environment at the council said: "Whilst a decision was made to close the Household Waste Recycling Centres by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority who own and operate sites across Greater Manchester, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 - it is not an excuse to fly-tip. Businesses large and small should all have a contract or arrangement with a registered waste disposal company - so the closure of these sites cannot be used as an excuse.
"We have recently received a further report of a large scale fly-tip which we have investigated and secured evidence. Thank you to residents for reporting this quite frankly disgusting behaviour."
We would like to remind residents if you are tempted to employ a man and van to dispose of your waste, to think carefully about the risk of finding yourself in court for using a non-registered waste disposal operator.
If you do book a waste removal company, take a photograph of their waste carrier licence, their vehicle, including the registration mark and the driver to ensure the waste is removed legally.
Officers are still out and about investigating fly-tips and well known grot spots, particularly if there is a risk to public health and we will not hesitate to employ the wide range of resources available to us to bring these offenders to justice.