Fly-tipping on the rise in Oxford 

The council says it’s an unnecessary distraction for staff trying to help those in need during the lockdown. 

With Household Waste & Recycling Centres and charity shops closed Oxford, like most areas of the UK, has seen an increase in fly-tipping. 

The City Council has reminded residents that it’s not just anti-social, it’s a criminal offence and those caught doing it will be subject to a fine and prosecution. 

With so many people spending time at home during the lockdown it’s thought that the rise is being fueled by many households using their spare time to clear-out unneeded items. 

Councillor Nigel Chapman, Cabinet Member for Customer Focused Services, said: “We realise that it is an inconvenience not having the usual disposal services available, particularly with so many stuck at home keen to tidy up and de-clutter. However, we need to remind everyone that simply fly tipping rubbish is categorically not an option.

“The coronavirus pandemic has created exceptional circumstances meaning that resources have to be focused where they do most good. Fly-tipping means that we have to divert staff from other more important work to clear the mess up. This is also putting our staff and local residents health at risk unnecessarily.

“Oxford City Council investigates all fly-tipping incidents and will prosecute anyone found to be responsible.”

The local authority will resume its garden waste collection service from Monday 4th May. 

 

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