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4th Jul, 2022

Investigation launched as eagle-eyed driver prevents fly-tipping in Droitwich

A VEHICLE believed to have been attempting to fly-tip in Droitwich over the weekend is being investigated by Wychavon District Council after it was captured by an eagle-eyed driver.

The man filmed and photographed the incident and contacted The Standard and we passed his pictures on to the authority.

The driver said: “I caught this bloke trying to dump this earlier on the A38 in Droitwich.

“He realised that I was recording him.

“He said he thought somebody might want it.

“I told him where the tip was. He put it back in his van then drove off.”

He added he spoke to someone at the household recycling site later who said a van matching that description had been refused as they did not have the relevant permissions.

Sharon Casswell, Wychavon’s client services manager, said: “We would like to thank the member of the public for capturing, preventing and reporting this attempted fly-tipping incident and for directing the person to the household waste site.

“If they were refused permission to deposit their waste there it would be because they did not have the necessary waste carriers’ licence or permit and we will now investigate this matter further thanks to the evidence that has been provided.”

She urged anyone who saw fly-tipping on public land to report it directly to the council by visiting www.wychavon.gov.uk/flytipping or by calling 01386 565018.

If fly-tipped rubbish is blocking a road and is hazardous to traffic, the county council should be contacted on 01905 765765.

It is estimated clearing up fly-tipping from across Wychavon district costs between £50,000 and £70,000-a-year.

The figures include incidents which have to be dealt with by other contractors, such as moving hazardous chemicals or materials, or unusually large fly-tips.

Residents are also reminded they have a duty of care to ensure when they have rubbish taken away it is disposed of properly by a person with a waste carrier’s licence. People can ask to see the licence and visit www.wychavon.gov.uk/flytipping and follow the link for the Environment Agency to check they are registered.

People living in Droitwich who need to get rid of items can take it to the Hanbury household recycling centre on Hanbury Road, or use the bulky waste collection service by visiting www.wychavon.gov.uk/bulkywaste .

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