Northumberland County Council is raising awareness of fly-tipping and its many dangers.

Over the next few days County Council Officers, supported by Ashington Town Council staff, will distribute over 2,000 leaflets in the Hirst area of Ashington highlighting the issue of fly-tipping.

Dumping rubbish is illegal and it could cost you a £400 fine if you get a fixed penalty notice. Fly tipping and dropping litter endangers children, wildlife and the environment. The leaflet advises;

  • If waste items are small enough put them in the household waste bin.
  • Larger waste items can be taken to Household Waste Recovery Centres (tips) with the nearest at North Seaton Industrial Estate in Ashington (NE63 0XL).
  • Use the County Council’s bulky waste collection service.
  • Many retailers selling white goods take away old appliances – ask when you buy a new one.
  • If you pay someone to take away your unwanted items, ensure they are reputable with a waste carriers’ certificate.
  • Take unwanted items to a charity shop where they can be resold, reused or recycled.

The Town Council and Northumberland County Council are working jointly to provide environmental enforcement in Ashington and Environmental Enforcement Officers will have an increased presence across the town over the next few weeks.

On Monday (16 November) Hirst Ward Councillors went along to the start of the initiative at Alexandra Road. In the photograph is Cllrs. Victor Bridges, Pauline Thompson and Ken Parry (County & Town Councillor) with some of the Environmental Enforcement Team.

Cllr. Ken Parry said ‘We know litter and fly-tipping annoys many residents as well as endangering young people, wildlife and our environment. This leaflet provides practical advice on disposing of rubbish both quickly and safely. We encourage all residents to follow this advice.’

To report an issue with fly-tipping or litter please visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/SelfService/Report.aspx

A copy of the leaflet can be found below.

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