NigelC wrote:Well is it cheaper for the ratepayer to clear up the fly tipping or have a charging scheme which removes the business opportunity.
Or controversially provide a police service outside urban areas.
One of the many aspects to this problem is that "having a charging scheme which removes the business opportunity" can be a significant problem for many a housholder who genuinely wants to dispose of their own waste. Our local authority introduced charges for all manner of waste a couple of years ago, the move was met with such resentment that the charge was removed for all but tyre disposal, for once common sense prevailed. However now there is restrictions on vehicles sizes and types (permit system in place) and you have to show proof of address on every visit.
Tips in neighbouring areas have maintained that charges, as well as imposing vehicle restrictions, and introduced a pre book only system for visits and limit visits to one per household per week. Personally I think this is too restrictive and will lead to less responsible types resorting to their own means of disposal.
Oh. and there is another gotcha for the genuine housholder, faced with restrictions one might turn to a waste disposal company. That company my dishonestly represent themselves as a licensed waste carrier by producing false documentation. If that happens and the waste is fly tipped it is the house holder who is held to account for not using a licenced provider, despite there being no 'approved' way to check their credentials.
The approach to waste handling and disposal is far too fragmented, down to a level of very local differences which is simply wrong. We need a much more grown up and joined together approach to this nationwide problem. The approach needs to encourage people to use the system not be constantly put up barriers.
I am the family 'Mr Shifta' and as such visit the tip quite regularly, thankfully my local facility hasn't introduced ANPR and a one visit per week limit.