Council highlights big drop in fly-tipping across Hucknall and wider Ashfield district

Fly-tipping incidents across Ashfield dropped by 20 per cent in 2021, according to new figures from Ashfield District Council.

Last month, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs reported that there has been a 16 per cent increase nationwide in reported fly-tipping during the pandemic.

But Ashfield is bucking that trend, with a 20 per cent reduction in fly-tipping reports received in 2021 compared with 2020.

The council’s community safety team have made significant efforts to curtail fly-tipping in the district which resulted in 545 fly tipping investigations with 88 fines issued under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 since April 2021 – the highest recorded amount in the council’s history.

Ashfield District Council says fly-tipping incidents have dropped by 20 per cent in the last year

The environment team also delivered a number of educational packages in schools to educate and engage young people with their environmental responsibility.

Coun Helen-Ann Smith (Ash Ind), cabinet member for community safety and crime reduction, said “Tackling fly-tipping is a high priority for the council, it is a serious criminal offence and a blight on our communities, so it is fantastic to see that incidents of fly-tipping have massively reduced in Ashfield.

“We are dedicated to cleaning up the district and clamping down on people who commit environmental crimes.

“We will continue to work towards reducing the amount of fly tips by offering residents a chance to dispose of their bulky items, extra waste collections, and persisting with enforcement of those who do fly tip.

“We have also just recommitted to delivering another Big Ashfield Spring Clean in 2022 to help residents responsibly dispose of their additional waste.”

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