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People asked to help shape service to tackle fly-tipping

Fly-tipping in Norwich.
Fly-tipping in Norwich.
Published on Thursday, 9th June 2022

Norwich City Council has launched a public consultation about fly-tipping in the city.

An online survey will be available to residents and businesses from today (Thursday 9 June) by visiting the consultations page of our website. 

The survey seeks to gain opinions on fly-tipping in the city and ways to tackle this environmental crime, such as using CCTV or fixed penalty notices.  

The council tasked a group of councillors to look into the issue of fly-tipping in Norwich and it was this cross-party group, led by Councillor Ian Stutely, which created the survey.

Cllr Stutely said: “The city council is committed to safer and cleaner streets and its aim is to reduce fly-tipping while increasing reuse and recycling.

“This sub-committee was set-up to establish how our residents use reporting services for fly-tipping, to seek their views on the service, and to establish effective methods to reduce fly-tipping. The resulting measures will have a positive visual and environmental impact across the city.”

As well as suggesting changes to council services to tackle the illegal dumping of waste, the survey also asks for people’s experiences with reporting fly-tipping and the council’s collection service once an incident has been reported.

Results from the survey will be used to help make service changes aimed at reducing the amount of fly-tipping in the city.

Councillor Cate Oliver, Norwich City Council’s cabinet member for environmental services, said: “Fly-tipping is a key issue for the council and something that affects everyone living and working in Norwich.

“I look forward to hearing the views and experiences of the public to help shape the direction of the service.

“I know the majority of residents and visitors take pride in our city and this is just one of the ways we can work together to improve the look of our neighbourhoods for everyone.”

Fly-tipping can be classed as leaving items:

  • Beside street bins and recycling banks
  • In communal bin areas
  • Outside closed recycling centres and charity shops
  • On roads and paths

It can happen when people pay for their waste to be taken away by someone else – so people are urged to check the person disposing of their goods has a Waste Carriers' Licence.

Other ways of disposing of unwanted items include:

  • Contacting charities which provide a free collection service for larger items such as furniture
  • Donating or selling them
  • Using the city council’s bulky waste collection service
  • Taking them to one of the recycling centres or reuse shops run by Norfolk County Council

You can take part in the fly-tipping survey here.

There is more information and a page to report fly-tipping here.