Statement from the Draft Waste Strategy for Leeds
“We will develop and agree localised waste crime action plans for Leeds to tackle all aspects of environmental crime, but prioritising fly-tipping and incorrect handling of domestic and commercial waste. Measures will include enhanced surveillance, engagement campaigns, formal enforcement action and appropriate use of Public Space Protection Orders for managing anti-social environmental behaviour in targeted areas.”
The Council is taking on board the issue.
“Fly-tipping is the illegal disposal of waste without a waste management licence. It is a Criminal Offence under s33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.”
Leeds City Council is responsible for dealing with, investigating, clearing and taking appropriate enforcement action regarding small scale fly tips.
It is estimated that 94% of waste handled at Waste Collection Sites is deposited free of charge. People on low incomes are entitled to a free collection service.
Garden waste in brown bins is still collected free of charge – many councils do charge for this…
The incidence of fly-tipping has not resulted in sustained citywide increases since charging came in. However, there is more fly-tipping in some areas and there is an upward trend nationally.
- The context is that the Tory [and Coalition] Government has massively cut funding to Leeds Local authority over the last 9 years.
- There is a perception that the problem of waste crime is worse than the reality because we see it every day and it is a “Blott on the Landscape”.
- Increases in fly-tipping incidents may be also due to better reporting.
- We want a better way of reporting fly-tipping. There are instances where the tipping took place years ago and has gone either undetected or just lived with. However most reported fly-tipping when reported is collected by crews within one day.
- Fly-tipping is likely to always exist because some People and Businesses want to evade their responsibilities, especially where they should be using licensed waste carriers.
- Local Fly-tipping Action Plans will be formulated. This will look at the evidence, the hot spots and how to enforce tackling of waste crime.
- We are in the process of arranging a meeting in Killingbeck and Seacroft Ward of the Exec Member, ward members and Lead officers and we would want to invite local people to tour the Ward to get a feel of the extent of the problem and provide a photographic record that could be assessed on a regular basis.
- There are 33 enforcement officer posts to help tackle the problem across the city. We need stronger enforcement and fining to act as a deterrent
- We will explore the possibility with council officers and partners of establishing a fully publicised waste carriers registration scheme with possible discounted rates for waste disposal or reuse. We suggest this needs to be introduced in collaboration with neighbouring Councils.
If you would like to comment or be involved in the further monitoring of waste crime hot spots contact us or if you just want to report fly-tipping/waste crime use https://my.leeds.gov.uk/Pages/Form%20Pages/ReportFlyTipping.aspx …or ring the hotline tel 0113 222 4444.
Cllr David Jenkins firstname.lastname@example.org
Cllr Katie Dye email@example.com
Cllr Paul Drinkwater firstname.lastname@example.org
14th July 2019
Message from Katie Dye, David Jenkins and Paul Drinkwater, Labour Councillors for Killingbeck and Seacroft.