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Council and Veolia present ‘Fly-Tip’ - a local production

Published Friday, 31st August 2018

Photo of fly tipped rubbsih

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and Veolia are putting together a ‘staged fly-tip’ as part of an on-going fly-tipping and littering awareness campaign.

‘Your waste, your responsibility’ is a campaign that looks to inform and educate residents and visitors about the environmental impact littering and fly-tipping has on the town, as well as the financial implications of leaving rubbish on the streets.

The ‘staged fly-tip’, looks to challenge the idea that it is okay to dispose of waste irresponsibly. The event will take place at different locations across the borough: on Hamlet Court Road on Wednesday 5 September, outside Odeon on the High Street on Thursday 6 September and on Marine parade opposite Pleasant Road on Friday 7 September.

Cllr Mark Flewitt, cabinet member for public protection, said: “With all the good work done by our waste and cleansing partner, Veolia, and local environmental groups such as Make Southend Sparkle, it is disappointing to see waste dumped on our streets.

“This campaign is an innovative and creative way to raise awareness and educate residents on the environmental risks of fly-tipping. Additionally, it costs around £2m each year to clear our streets of litter, fly-tipping and graffiti in Southend, so we are hopeful this event will highlight the effects fly-tipping has on the town, both environmentally and financially.”

Keith McGurk, Regional Director for Veolia, said: “Fly tips are unsightly and damage the environment in which we live. Fly-tipping is on an upward trend nationally and these staged fly-tips certainly help raise awareness and get everyone talking. Working together with the Council and Southend-on-Sea residents, we want to make sure that waste is disposed of responsibly and that everyone can take pride in their community.”

Further information regarding household recycling and waste collections in Southend-on-Sea can be found at www.southend.gov.uk/recycling. Residents can take bulky waste to a Household Waste Recycling Centre or book a bulky waste collection by calling 01702 215006 and selecting option 1.

Fly-tipped waste found in Southend-on-Sea can be reported on MySouthend by visiting www.southend.gov.uk/mysouthend