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Residents urged to use licensed waste carriers following 5,410 incidents of fly-tipping

Residents have been urged to use licensed waste carriers in a council’s new fly-tipping campaign.

Blackpool Council is urging residents to use a licensed waste carrier in their new campaign, Know Where It Goes.

Over the past year, 5,410 fly-tipping incidents have been reported across the town, relating to household waste discarded on roads, pavements, alleyways, parks, and fields.

The council say it’s important that residents are aware they have a legal obligation to make sure their waste is disposed of correctly by taking all reasonable measures to avoid fly-tipping – even once the waste has left their property.

If these measures are not thoroughly carried out by the resident, they could be faced with a £400 fine and a criminal record.

Blackpool Council are advising there are multiple ways residents can check they are using a responsible waste carrier.

The first is by asking to see the waste disposer’s permit, or checking the online register on the government website: environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/index

If waste collectors are found to be illegally taking household belongings, they could face a £50,000 fine and/or up to 12 months in prison.

A number of services have been put in place by Blackpool Council to help residents dispose of their waste responsibly.

Bulky Matters Blackpool Council has partnered with the charity Furniture Matters to help transform Blackpool’s bulky waste into a useable resource to benefit the community.

The service collects the following household items:

• Furniture, including bed frames and mattresses

• Soft furnishings

• Domestic electrical appliances

• Kitchen items

• ICT equipment

• Toys/games and bicycles

Collection times are available to book in the morning, afternoon and evenings, as well as on the weekends. Once collected, the items will be distributed to local people, which will both reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and will also help those in need of support.

For more information, visit blackpool.gov.uk/Bulky Rover

Blackpool Council’s mobile tip and recycling services will take away unwanted household items, whatever their condition.

The items will then be recycled, refurbished, or reused, while broken items will be repaired and given to local charities for residents who are in need of support.

The service will take away:

• Electrical items (TVs, toasters, hair dryers etc)

• Cans, glass bottles and plastic

• Spectacles – which are donated to Vision Aid Overseas

• Mobile phones

• Paper/cardboard, wood and scrap metal

• Batteries large and domestic

• Clothes and textiles

• Mobility aids

• Waste fats, oils and greases

• Paint

To see collection dates and times, visit blackpool.gov.uk/Rover

The Tip

The Tip is available for Blackpool residents only, who will need to bring their proof of address when visiting the site.

Commercial waste will not be accepted.

Instead, businesses have a duty of care to hire a registered waste carrier to dispose of their waste correctly.

The Tip (Household Waste Recycling Centre) is located on Bristol Avenue, in Bispham, and will take:

• Asbestos (Permit holders only)

• Bin bags of general household waste

• Car oil

• Car and household batteries

• Carpets

• Domestic appliances small and large Fridges/Freezers

• Garden waste

A full list of items can be found on the website: blackpool.gov.uk/Tip

Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Partnerships and Performance, Cllr Ivan Taylor, said: “We all want to live in a place that we take pride in, and while most residents know how to dispose of their waste responsibly, there is a small handful of people who do not.

“Not only does fly-tipping damage the appearance of Blackpool’s neighbourhoods, it can also have a damaging effect on the environment if hazardous materials and non-biodegradable items are left in public areas.

“It’s important that residents use a licensed waste carrier who will dispose of any unwanted waste correctly.

“We all have a responsibility to know where our waste goes, and to help ensure Blackpool is kept pristine and well respected.”

Residents can report fly-tipping online at www.blackpool.gov.uk/FlyTip