The National Fly-tipping Prevention Group asked NAWDO to share the following message:
The current situation might seem like a great opportunity to ‘spring clean’, or have a general clear out. But please don’t be tempted to do this during this unprecedented time unless you can store any additional waste at home safely.
With most people spending much more time at home, more household waste is being produced, increasing the pressure on waste services. While the majority of waste collection continues as normal, some services in some areas have been reduced by the coronavirus outbreak. This includes most Household Waste & Recycling Centres (tips) closing. There are therefore temporarily fewer ways to recycle bulky goods such as sofas, mattresses, white goods, furniture, or other items that you cannot place in your normal rubbish and recycling bins.
Please do not put things you would normally recycle or take to the tip in your rubbish bin – if there is currently no service in your area to recycle items like electrical appliances, garden waste, and batteries, consider holding on to them until services resume. You can check your council website for updates and if you have to get rid of bulky items while the tip is closed, check if your local authority offers a collection service: https://www.gov.uk/find-local-council
Don’t fly-tip, it’s a crime. Leaving items outside on the street or in parks, forests and fields is fly-tipping. This is a crime and local authorities and the Environment Agency have a range of powers to tackle it. Even if you mean well and leave items outside charity shops, or next to full recycling bins, this is still fly-tipping. If you decide to arrange for a private waste collection, you have a duty to make sure you know where your waste is going and that the person collecting your waste is registered as an upper tier waste carrier. You can do this by checking the Environment Agency’s website https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers-regime?regime=upper-tier
You can report fly-tipping to your local authority here: https://www.oadby-wigston.gov.uk/pages/report_a_street_cleansing_issue
Visit the National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group’s website for more information on fly-tipping http://www.tacklingflytipping.com/ and the Recycle Now website for more information on recycling during the coronavirus outbreak.