Crackdown on fly-tipping in the New Forest, by police and partners, helps to clean up
Date of alert:
Wednesday, 6 July 2022
A crackdown against fly-tipping by New Forest organisations is helping to clear up after a steep rise in the amount of waste dumped here over recent years.
Regular spot checks on vehicles have helped to cut the level of fly-tips on the Forest by around 50% in the last year compared to pre-pandemic levels.
Like many other rural areas of the country, incidents of fly-tipping in the New Forest have surged in the last few years. Responding to this, a joint initiative between Forestry England, Hampshire Constabulary, New Forest District Council and the New Forest National Park Authority has been helping to tackle the issue.
In a series of joint operations this year, over 140 vehicles have been stopped and checks carried out on waste carrier licences, the items being carried, and a range of other safety requirements. Those unable to provide evidence of the appropriate licence have been required to submit this to New Forest District Council within a set deadline.
Other offences tackled during the spot checks include eight prohibition notices for insecure loads or mechanical defect, eight tickets issued or vehicles seized for a lack of MOT or insurance, and a small number of drug related offences.
Since October 2021, New Forest District Council’s environmental enforcement team has issued 107 fixed penalties for waste related offences, and several fly-tipping cases are being investigated for possible court action. The team have also seized several vehicles for waste related offences.