Last week Barnsley Council was recognised for their work to reduce waste crime and fly-tipping by the Yorkshire and Humber Environmental Enforcement Group's recognition awards. The council's enforcement activity was praised after seizing 17 vehicles used in waste crime offences during 2018 to 2019. The results showed that in Yorkshire and Humber a total of 27 vehicles were seized, which puts Barnsley Council’s enforcement team top of the charts for the area.
Like other councils, seizing vehicles involved with waste crimes is just one of the activities the council uses against fly-tippers. Using data provided by DEFRA, the councils across the Yorkshire and Humber region undertook over 75,000 activities to reduce waste crime and fly-tipping. These actions range from sending warning letters, carrying out inspections, issuing fixed penalty fines, seizing vehicles and prosecuting individuals and businesses that have not complied with waste legislation.
Cllr Jenny Platts, spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: "It's fantastic to see council efforts across Yorkshire and Humber continuing to crack down on those who choose to blight the environment with their waste. Our enforcement team in Barnsley carry out great work to deal with offenders to stop people illegally making money from tipping in our borough, needless to say, we're very proud we were able to seize 17 vehicles used in waste crime incidents."
Mark Benton the Chair of the Yorkshire and Humber Environmental Enforcement Group said: "The figures released by DEFRA show that the Councils within Yorkshire and Humber use a wide of measures to reduce waste crime and fly-tipping. Cash strapped councils are still working hard to take action against those who spoil where we live".
People can find out more about the work Barnsley Council is doing to reduce environmental crime and increase household recycling by following the dedicated Facebook page at facebook.com/DumpitandScarper or by searching the hashtag #EverybodyThink on social media. Information about suspected fly-tippers can also be sent to the council using the email email@example.com any time.
This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.
We're committed to #ProtectIt by making it easier for you to dispose of large items and recycling. #OwnIt by making some small changes, such as recycling and reporting litter and fly-tipping to keep Barnsley clean and green. We would like to thank all those people that have helped us with our cause to make fly-tipping socially irresponsible.