As a provider of Skip Hire in Dartford, the issues surrounding waste management and environmental stability are close at heart. As such, it is saddening to hear that the Dartford area has recently been a victim of fly tipping.

Fly Tipping In Dartford

Recently it was reported that a “mammoth crackdown” on fly tipping has taken place in the Dartford area, with those responsible being fined for more than £10,000.

On the 26th of November, 30 different cases were summoned before Medway Magistrates’ Court, with one offender in particular being fined a substantial £745.

Fly tipping causes serious implications to the lives of people in the local community. Fly tipped waste can attract flies and other pests; animals which could pose a health risk to local residents. Additionally the smell and foul odour of the waste could become so strong that the day-to-day lives of locals are affected, perhaps even causing a reduction to local business and impacting the value of nearby properties.

There is no excuse for fly tipping, however the issue surrounding fly tipping in Dartford perhaps draws attention and cause for concern because the council operates numerous different recycling points in the areas which are affected by fly tipping. This includes the areas New Barn Road, Denton Road, Temple Hill, Birchwood Road, and Oakfield Lane.

The Environmental Impacts Of Fly Tipping

The consequences of fly tipping aren’t merely limited to the lives of residents in the local area. They can also affect local wildlife populations. If waste is illegally and irresponsibly disposed of, chemicals present in the waste can contaminate soil, which can be very harmful to local wildlife and local plant life.

If you’re a resident of the Dartford area and you would like to report a case of local fly tipping, you can contact the Dartford council by calling 01322 343434, or 0345 634 1212 out of hours. However, it is important to remember that if you see somebody in the act of fly tipping waste; Do not approach them or risk your safety. Instead you should take note of what the waste looks like, the current date/time, the location of the waste, and a description of the individuals and any vehicles involved (such as a vehicle registration plate), then report the crime to the Environment Agency.

What Does The Law Say?

Fly tipping is a very serious crime with very serious legal consequences. If caught in the act, an individual could receive a fixed penalty notice £150 and £400.

However, according to the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, which states that it is a criminal offence to fly tip waste. The offense can result in a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months in prison if the person in question is convicted in Magistrates’ Court. On the other hand, if they are convicted in a Crown Court, the offence can result in an unlimited fine and a maximum of 5 years in prison.


Avoid “Dodgy Waste Firms”

With regards to the disposal of commercial and business waste. It is very important that you remember that the business that generates the waste is responsible for its disposal. You must not allow any waste carrier to dispose of the waste illegally and you must report them if they do so.

Did you know that between 2016 and 2017, more than 850 new illegal waste sites had been discovered, resulting in a daily average of two sites shut down?  Additionally, the Home Office has issued a warning regarding “dodgy waste firms” as such organisations can operate as a cover for criminal activities including theft, fraud, and drugs.

One way in which you could avoid waste firms which dispose of waste in illegal and irresponsible manners is to check that your waste carrier is registered to do so. You can check if a business is registered by visiting the Environment Agency website. For example, if you search for RTS Waste Management, you will learn that we are registered as a Carrier, Broker, Dealer – Upper Tier.

What Waste Services Are Available From RTS?

Our team of waste management experts can provide a wide range of waste services, enabling you to dispose of your waste sustainably in a responsible manner. For example, our team can provide your business with an integrated waste solution, providing you with a method of disposal that can reduce waste costs and turn your waste into revenue generators.

Learn More About Waste Management And Skip Hire On The RTS Waste Management Blog

If you would like to learn more information regarding responsible waste disposal or Skip Hire in Dartford, you can read more by visiting our blog. For example, you can learn information regarding sustainability in waste management, how you can use skip hire to get the most out of your waste disposal solution, and you could learn about how waste segregation could improve your business’ bottom line.

Get In Touch With Our Team Of Waste Management Experts Today

If you would like to learn more information about how the RTS Waste Management team can help manage your waste more effectively and work towards a zero to landfill waste strategy, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of staff.

To speak to a member of the RTS team, please call 0207 232 1711. However, those who would prefer to request a call back can do so by filling out our contact form which is available at the bottom of this page. Additionally, if you would like to make an enquiry using the internet, please send our team an email. Our email address is info@rtswaste.co.uk.