FoEP: Improving the Park for the benefit of the whole community
Keep Britain Tidy's Great British September Clean took place from 11th to 27th September, 2020. The Friends of Eastfield Park supported the campaign by encouraging members to carry out their own personal litter picks in the Park, especially over the weekend of 18th to 20th September, as well as organising a general park tidy-up by six people on Saturday, 19th September.
Fly-tipping covers everything from a single black sack of domestic trash up to thousands of tonnes of industrial waste dumped illegally. It costs Northamptonshire tax payers over £750,000 to deal with fly-tipping every year.
Fly-tipping is defined in the UK as the 'illegal deposit of any waste onto land that does not have a licence to accept it’. It is a criminal offence with fines of up to £20,000 and/or six months’ imprisonment. Fines are unlimited with up to two years’ imprisonment if the case goes to the Crown Court, and up to five years in prison if hazardous waste is dumped.
Six people (five FoEP members and a Park Ranger) spent a total of 14 hours in Eastfield Park on 19th September between 09.30am and 12.30pm, litter picking and removing larger items of rubbish including two mattresses, metal blinds, assorted clothing, remains of a child's bike, plastic & metal wheels, a sheet of vinyl, car tyres, the base of a revolving chair and sacks of fly-tipped clay. Other fly-tipped rubbish was reported by the Park Ranger for action by Veolia. Eight sacks of litter were collected but this represents only part of the FoEP achievement during the Great British September Clean. At least seven sacks were collected by FoEP members on different occasions and it is likely that other people joined in the litter picking without informing the FoEP.
The article by FoEP Chair, Vic Smith, in the current edition of the free NN3 community magazine is about Himalayan Balsam, a very common plant around the edge of the lake in Eastfield Park. The article is on page 10. The cover picture of the magazine was also taken by Vic in Eastfield Park.
If you don't get a copy of the magazine through your door, you can read it online by clicking the following link:
The litter and other rubbish collected over the weekend was removed by Veolia on Tuesday 22nd September. (Veolia apologised for not removing it on Monday 21st September as arranged.)
Rubbish collected on 19th September 2020
The collection point after tidying by Veolia
What people often fail to realise is that dumping garden waste, including hedge clippings and waste soil, counts as fly-tipping. It may rot down and not do much damage in the long run but that is not the point; fly-tipping legislation deals with all matters relating to 'controlled waste' and 'controlled waste' denotes household, industrial and commercial waste including:
General household waste
Larger domestic items, such as fridges and mattresses
Commercial waste such as builders' rubble, clinical waste and tyres
It is up to individuals to dispose of rubbish responsibly. If you find you have too much rubbish, or rubbish that will not fit into bins or boxes for collection by Veolia, please take it to a local waste and recycling centre. If you have large, heavy items to dispose of, NBC offer a collection service which can be booked online.
Also remember that if you are using a third party (e.g. a builder) to dispose of waste on your behalf, you are responsible for ensuring they are a registered waste carrier, so always ask to see their certificate. Make sure you get a receipt confirming what they have taken, where they have disposed of it and details of any payment made. If the waste is later found to have been fly-tipped and you don't have this proof, you will still be legally responsible for any offence and could be prosecuted.
If you discover fly-tipped rubbish, it can be reported to NBC, along with various other issues such as litter, dog fouling and graffiti, through their 'Report a Problem' page at: