I’m sad to say hotspots in Brownhills and Aldridge – as well as across the area – are still being blighted by flytippers, often clearly working on a commercial scale. Flytipping is a public menace, harms the environment, can be a danger to people and wildlife and costs a lot of money to clean up.
This morning (4th September 2015), Brownhills Councillor Steve Wade posted the following image of flytipping in Coppice Lane, Brownhills. Later in the day, Tweeter @Anthonygrangad reported the same mess.
Walsall Clean and Green have been informed and will deal with this as soon as possible.
The same lay-by has been repeatedly hit – presumably by the same idiots – so can we please all keep an eye out and note the registrations of any vehicles behaving suspiciously. Councils can and will act, with Walsall having a high-profile success this week, where a flytipper was fined and had a driving ban imposed for illegal dumping.
There was an incident last week too, in another regular haunt of the flytippers – Back Lane between Aldridge and Mill Green. Walsall Environmental Health Dept. are investigating, and officers wonder if anyone recognises the (clearly very old) sign that was dumped amongst the huge quantity of waste tipped there.
The fact is lads with the pickups are out, now punting for rubbish removal (presumably, the tatting market is becoming too crowded). They charge a small fee, then dump your waste in lay-bys, industrial estates, car parks and anywhere they can’t be seen. This leaves you as well as the dumpers open to prosecution, as giving waste to and unlicensed carrier is an offence and councils do prosecute.
If you need rubbish removal, either call Walsall Council for bulky waste collection, or employ a reputable firm. Ask to see their waste transfer license, and ask for, and keep the relevant paperwork. No genuine carrier will be offended by your asking for proof of their validity.
We all hate flytipping and the nuisance it causes. Please think carefully about who you give your waste to – and that includes scrap metal collectors who patrol the streets. By encouraging them, you’re perpetuating metal theft and other environmental crime.
By the way, for the person who angrily mailed me and asked why Councillor Wade is getting so much exposure here, it’s quite simple: should any other local councillors break cover and actually mail me to run a piece, I’ll only be too happy to do so. The email address is BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com, and works for all councillors, should they choose to use it.