Adverts offering cheap waste collection services and ‘tip-runs’ on Facebook will be targeted by a new Notts fly-tipping taskforce.
The adverts are frequently seen on local buy and sell groups, but some can lead to waste being illegally dumped.
Now, they will be one of several issues looked at by the multi-agency Cleaner Nottinghamshire, which aims to crack down on people illegally dumping waste.
It is made up of all Nottinghamshire councils, Nottinghamshire Police, Highways England, Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, and the Environment Agency.
The county-wide group does not include Nottingham City Council.
The idea of the new group is to share intelligence on offenders and potential fly-tippers, in a bid to tackle cross-border activity.
Borough and district councils are usually responsible for the mess left behind by people dumping waste illegally, while their own environmental teams are often behind efforts to bring criminal activity to court.
Until now, intelligence sharing on offenders has been largely ad-hoc, but the new partnership aims to change this.
Using a police system, the agencies are now able to share data around illegal waste carriers, vehicles used in fly-tipping offences and perpetrators of waste crime.
The Conservative-run Newark and Sherwood District Council deals with around 1,300 incidents of fly-tipping a year – approximately four a day – with clean-up costs running into the tens of thousands of pounds.
Councillor David Lloyd is the leader of the council, and represents the Beacon ward for the Conservatives.
He said: “Fly-tipping is an illegal, ugly, hazardous blight on the environment which is tarnishing landscapes across Newark and Sherwood.
“I welcome this partnership with the police and other councils to strengthen our links across district and county borders in dealing with fly-tipping and I hope it will make a positive difference.”
Members of the group have warned that Facebook ads for waste collection services, and ‘tip runs’ may be offered very cheaply, but rubbish is not always disposed of legally.
They say the county’s residents can help by always checking that the people they are paying to take their waste away have a licence and are on the official register, which can be checked here – https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/index
Mansfield District Councillor Amanda Fisher is the portfolio holder for safer communities and wellbeing, and represents the Woodhouse ward for Labour.
She said: “We already work closely with various organisations in our efforts to tackle fly-tipping but this new partnership will strengthen our ability to identify those responsible and make sure they don’t get away with it.
“We want people to feel pride for their town and so encourage the public to check individuals or businesses disposing of their waste have a valid waste carrier’s licence.
“We also rely on people to report fly-tippers to help us to make the district a clean, welcoming place.”