Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group celebrated at Keep Britain Tidy awards

Published: 16 Feb 2018

Hertfordshire’s Fly Tipping Group has won the Best Partnership award at the Keep Britain Tidy Network Awards.

The Fly Tipping Group – part of the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership – is a multi-agency taskforce made up of Hertfordshire’s local authorities, as well as the Police, the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner, Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue, the Environment Agency and the National Farmers Union.

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy honours those making a difference on their doorstep at its annual awards ceremony, which was held in Brighton on Thursday, 8th February where Nick Kirby, East Herts Council’s enforcement and team inspection manager collected the award on behalf of the group.

The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group was recognised for its work bringing together a wide range of partners to tackle fly tipping in the county. So far during 2017/18 the task force has overseen a reduction of over 19% in the number of fly tipping incidents reported across the county.

Keep Britain Tidy’s chief executive, Allison Ogden-Newton said: “Each year, our award winners show just what is possible when people have the passion and commitment to make a difference to the environment on our doorstep. This year is no exception and I would like to congratulate the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group including all of its partner organisations and thank them all for their incredible work.”

Graham McAndrew, East Herts Council’s executive member for environment and the public space, said: “The FTG group is doing some marvellous work, bringing together a range of partners to tackle this horrible issue which has such a detrimental effect on our environment. I’d like to congratulate the FTG on this award, winning national recognition and achieving real success.

“This is a good opportunity to remind people that if you pay or ask someone to remove your waste always check they are authorised to carry it. If you don't, and your waste ends up being fly tipped you could be charged with a duty of care offence and an unlimited fine.”

Mr Duncan Jones, Partnership Development Manager for the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership and Chairman of the FTG said “It’s wonderful to have the work of the FTG recognised at a national level and reflects the hard work of the FTG’s Partner organisations in combating fly tipping”.

Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, said: “I’m very pleased to see the hard work of the Fly Tipping Action Group recognised at these prestigious awards. Fly Tipping is a crime which has a very real impact on the community and on landowners. It’s a highly visible crime and one which has seen considerable investment from this office and from our partners. It is great that we are seeing positive results and the work of the group in tackling this menace is bearing fruit.”