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Coventry organisations sign fly-tipping protocol

The Environment Agency, Coventry City Council and West Midlands Police have joined forces to tackle illegal fly-tipping in the city.

The three bodies have signed a fly-tipping protocol that sets out specific actions and responsibilities for dealing with a problem that cost the city £124,000 of council tax payer’s money to clear up last year.

Cabinet member for city services, councillor Kevin Foster said: “In Coventry we have always taken a hard-line approach in dealing with those people who treat Coventry as a dump but this protocol will make sure the city is a safer, cleaner and greener place to live and work.”

The protocol sets out what sort of tipping each organisation is responsible for. The Environment Agency will tackle significantly large incidents, hazardous waste, organised crime and anything involving the “big, bad and the nasty”, while anything else will be referred to the city council.

Environment Agency area manager Toby Willison said: “This protocol will really help in the battle against fly-tipping and those responsible for it. It sets out how we can develop the already strong relationships with the council and the police to deal with this problem.”

As well as identifying who deals with what, the protocol sets out ways of increasing public awareness through advertising, increasing the use of surveillance at fly-tipping hotspots and undertaking joint enforcement exercises to tackle and prevent fly-tipping.

Willison added: “We will continue to do our bit to ensure Coventry is a better place for everyone and those dumping on the city should take note that over the coming months, there will be a concerted effort to put them out of business.”

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