This year, we want to work with you to help keep our district looking beautiful as part of our 'Keep it Clean, Keep it Green' campaign. As part of this, we will be looking at how we can all reduce littering and tackle fly tipping and dog fouling.

Last year, the council spent more than £52,000 clearing away 618 cases of fly tipping. In the last three years, we have spent more than £142,000 clearing away illegally dumped waste. What is sad is that if people didn't dump their waste then this money could be spent in more useful ways.

What some people may be unaware of is that householders and businesses are responsible for making sure that their waste is disposed of safely and legally. Whether you have finished decorating, been clearing out your house, or you've been busy sprucing up the garden, it is down to you to make sure that your waste is disposed of properly.

You can obviously take your large waste to your local household waste and recycling centre. It is worth noting that charges to dispose of DIY materials at local amenity sites have recently been suspended in West Sussex. You can find out more about this at West Sussex County Council .

Another option is to use our bulky household waste service, which can be booked online. However, if you intend to use a commercial waste service, it is really important that you check that they are licensed.

Waste carriers are registered by the  Environment Agency and listed on its website. You can also check by calling 03708 506 506. If you are using a tradesman to carry out work on your property then you need to check that they are registered with the Environment Agency to transport the waste. This is really important because if the waste is dumped illegally, it could be traced back to you rather than the fly tipper and you could be held responsible.

As a council we will not tolerate fly tipping. This year, we have already issued five fixed penalty notices for fly tipping offences, where those caught have had to pay up to £400. We've also prosecuted one fly tipper and have a further two cases underway. If you spot a fly tip or you have some information relating to one, please call 01243 785166 use our 'report it' section.

In the current issue of our magazine 'initiatives', which has been delivered to all homes in the district, we have provided more information on this campaign and how you can get involved. It's so important that we tackle this, and we can only do this with your help.

Cllr Roger Barrow

Cabinet Member for Contract Services

April 2017