The Police and Crime Commissioner is investing nearly £40,000 in tackling fly tipping across North and South Worcestershire.
The investments, which are being bolstered with funds from district and borough councils* will focus on prevention, enforcement and support for victims. This will include sharing best practice for landowners, improved CCTV, signage and lighting, education around lawful disposal of waste and a strong focus on enforcement.
The Commissioner is also investing a further £10,000 to prevent tyre dumping. The Tyre Tag initiative is an innovative and sustainable, force wide project with West Mercia Police, alongside local authorities and Smartwater. It aims to prevent garages from being targeted by organised criminals to illegally dispose of tyres.
10,000 incidents of fly tipping were reported across West Mercia last year, a 6% increase on the previous year.
Commissioner John Campion said “Fly tipping is an issue which has been raised by our communities time and time again. Not only is it unsightly and a nuisance, it causes a substantial cost to landowners and is hazardous to our environment and wildlife.
I was impressed by the thorough, partnership approach in these schemes and I am pleased to be investing in them, helping put an end to this blight on our communities.”
* In South Worcestershire, a grant of £15,000 has been awarded from the PCC towards SCRAP a joint project between Malvern Hills District Council and Wychavon District Council.
In North Worcestershire, a grant of £22,000 has been awarded from the PCC towards the North Worcestershire Fly tipping Prevention Group which is joint between Wyre Forest District Council and Bromsgrove and Redditch Borough Councils.