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It’s a Crime Not To Care when it comes to your rubbish

Stockport Council has joined the national ‘Crime Not To Care’ campaign, from environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, to help reduce fly-tipping across the borough.

It’s a Crime Not To Care when it comes to your rubbish

The campaign – as part of the Council’s ‘We Love Stockport – Be Proud of Where You Live’ environmental strategy aimed at addressing issues such as fly-tipping, dog fouling and keeping our parks and streets clean – was launched on Friday 16th March at Stockport Town Hall and Mersey Square, where the Council cordoned off fly-tipped rubbish as an ‘environmental crime scene’.

Crime Not To Care is set to remind residents that they have a duty of care to help prevent fly-tipping. Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence and can carry fines up to £50,000.

Thousands of people are contributing to the fly-tipping problem and have no idea they are doing anything wrong. Using someone to remove your waste is fine but you must check that they are a registered waste carrier and check that they are taking the waste to a proper disposal site. If a third party waste remover takes your waste away and fly tips it – you are responsible.

Residents can report fly-tipped waste at www.stockport.gov.uk/flytipping

To make sure waste is disposed of correctly, the Council provides a borough-wide bulky household waste collection service for a small charge for items like furniture, sofas and fridges, which can be collected from your property.

Councillor Sheila Bailey, Stockport Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Housing, said: “In Stockport we deal with around 3,000 incidents of fly-tipping each year, costing the Council – and ultimately the taxpayers – thousands of pounds to clear it up. That’s why we’re urging residents to keep the borough clean and report a fly-tipping issue when they see one.”

Keep Britain Tidy Deputy Chief Executive Rich McIlwain said: “#CrimeNotToCare is an important campaign for our country and we are delighted that Stockport Council is partnering with us on it.

“There are almost a million fly-tipping incidents in England every year and cleaning it all up costs us £50million a year. It blights communities and our countryside and is a menace.

“We need the public to understand that their rubbish is their responsibility and they must do the right thing with it. Giving it to a ‘man with a van’ who offers to get rid of it cheaply could prove costly for people and result in them getting a criminal record.”

The Council has also joined Keep Britain Tidy’s Great British Spring Clean to bring together residents across the borough to clear up the litter that blights our streets.

If you’d like to organise or to take part in a litter pick up, please email the Council’s Public Realm Team at district.standards@stockport.gov.uk for more information.