01 February 2018
There were more than 150 reports of fly tipping last year according to figures issued by the States.
People in Jersey reported 105 incidents through Love Jersey, and a further 50 incidents were reported directly to the States Environmental Protection team. Hotspots include quiet country lanes and parish bring banks.
The Department for the Environment, Infrastructure and the parishes are working together to draw attention to the rising number of incidents being reported and urging people to report it if they see waste tipped so offenders can be caught.
The States Environmental Protection team tracked down the culprits in 11 of the 50 incidents reported directly to them in 2017 – a 20 per cent success rate. The UK rate for successful prosecution is one in 650 cases.
Waste and Water Management and Regulation officer Richard Runacres said ‘The impact of fly tipping creeps up on us – a few sacks of rubbish here, an old fridge there, but it quickly becomes a blot on the landscape and spoils our beautiful Island.
‘We’re appealing to people to help because we can’t tackle this on our own. Could you make a few simple checks to ensure the rubbish removal firm you’ve employed is taking your waste it to La Collette, not tipping it in a field? If you notice fly tipped waste – could you take that a step further and report the details?’