New bid to fight scourge of fly-tipping

A CAMPAIGN to tackle the irresponsible scourge of fly-tipping across Ipswich was due to be launched today.

A CAMPAIGN to tackle the irresponsible scourge of fly-tipping across Ipswich was due to be launched today.

Ipswich Borough Council's Streetcare team is behind the latest initiative to discourage people from discarding unwanted goods in public areas.

The team will place a cardboard figure of their villain, the Faceless Fly-tipper, near The Cornhill with a pile of rubbish scattered around him. The idea is to attract the public's attention before offering information and advice on how to report fly-tipping.

Glynis Wood, from Streetcare, said: “On average there are 40 to 50 incidents of fly-tipping a month in Ipswich. This is disposable waste and could get re-used.

“The cleaner you can keep the streets, the more people have pride in their town. Fly-tipping shows a lack of respect and encourages other anti-social behaviour. There is also the risk of fires.

“The quicker we can find out about where the fly-tipping has occurred, the better. Just one bag will encourage more dumping and the pile quickly accumulates.

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“It is easier to get rid of this stuff than some people think.

“Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and the penalties can be very serious.”

The Ipswich Furniture Project takes white goods in any condition. Furniture can also be disposed of at various outlets across town.

Throughout the council's three-week campaign, the Faceless Fly-tipper will appear in different and unexpected locations to remind people about the importance of keeping the town tidy.

Anyone who witnesses fly-tipping should call the Cleaner Ipswich Hotline on 01473 433000.

Is fly-tipping is a problem in Ipswich? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.