New campaign urges residents to SCRAP fly-tipping

Published on 2nd March 2020

fly-tipping is an enviro-crime

A major campaign has been launched across Cheltenham today to raise awareness of the issue of fly-tipping.

The SCRAP Campaign has run successfully in other areas of the country using know-how and resources from local authorities to raise awareness of the issue among the wider public.

Cheltenham Borough Council will be running an online campaign over the next two weeks to inform residents and businesses about how to dispose of different types of waste, about the law and their obligations around fly-tipping, and highlight key information such as how to check for a waste carrier’s licence.

People are encouraged to follow the SCRAP code:

  • Suspect ALL waste carriers
  • Check with the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 that the provider taking your waste away is registered
  • Refuse unexpected offers to have waste taken away
  • Ask what will happen to your waste
  • Paperwork should be obtained – get a full receipt

Cllr Chris Coleman, cabinet member for clean and green, said: “Fly-tipping is unfortunately a regular occurrence and has a massive impact on both our communities and our environment. Our community protection team work very closely with a range of partners to catch and prosecute those involved. Often fly-tipping is on public land, which means the cost of clear up falls to the taxpayer.

“With the #SCRAPFlytipping toolkit we can raise awareness of the issue, and help to educate our residents and businesses on how to properly dispose of their waste.”

The campaign will also inform residents on how to report fly-tipping and highlight the penalties if caught fly-tipping.

Council staff are regularly investigating and clearing unsightly rubbish that has been dumped illegally, often on public land and green spaces.

The council’s campaign is supported by Gloucestershire Police, who are often called to deal with fly-tipping instances, along with Cheltenham BID who the council are working with to deal with enviro-crime in the town.

Residents are encouraged to follow the council @Cheltenhambc on Twitter, @cheltbc on Facebook or visit to find out more.

For media enquiries, contact: communications, email, telephone 01242 264 332.

Notes: The SCRAP Campaign was originally created by the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group.

Fly-tipping is classed as anything over one bag of waste.