Illegal dumping doesn’t fly

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RYE Hill Road continues to be ruthlessly targeted by fly tippers.

Cases of fly tipping in England have increased for the third year in a row, at a cost of 50 million pound to the taxpayer. And as new figures reveal the issue is now costing Essex more than one million pounds each year, it is our country lanes and woodlands that are most visibly blighted by this shameful crime.

Rye Hill Road is a picturesque 2 mile thoroughfare between Harlow and Epping. Blessed with an abundance of fruit bearing hedgerows and offering refuge to many native species, the isolation of this road also offers fly tippers an easy opportunity.

The entire stretch of road is now littered with waste. The efforts of the respective councils to abate the problem have been in vain, with local residents speaking in harmony about the growing brazenness of the criminals in spite of newly erected signposts.

‘It’s the size of the loads being tipped that is most noticeably increasing,’ said local resident Frank James, ‘and recently ive seen the entire road blocked twice, once by the remains of a kitchen refurbishment and once by conifers branches.’

Mr. James and his wife have been residents of Rye Hill Road for 20 years, and have managed to combat waste being dumped directly outside of their home by installing their own CCTV cameras.

‘The council should install covert cameras along this road,’ said Mrs. James, ‘ its nice that the signs have been put up but people don’t care. Cameras need to be enforced for it to be a deterrent.’

Image by Adam Spartley

Fly tipping on Rye Hill Road

Fellow resident Tom Reynolds agreed, ‘They have signs saying there’s CCTV in use but I think it’s a bluff, and obviously so do the people committing the crime.’

As bags of hardcore and green waste continue to pile up alongside anti fly-tipping signs, the onus is being put on Harlow and Epping residents who could be contributing to the epidemic by hiring unlicensed traders.

Unwittingly paying a rogue trader to remove your waste materials could land you with a criminal record and an unlimited fine.

To ensure that you do not become another victim to this mindless crime always ask to see a valid waste carriers registration number, and make sure you are given a transfer notice or receipt.

With no quick remedy available and the physical symptoms more visible than ever, we can only hope the country can find a way of effectively curing this social ill.

You can report fly tipping by calling Harlow Council on 01249 446655

For more information on how to dispose of waste correctly please visit the ‘crimenotcare’ website at: recycleforessex.com/crimenotcare

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