Your waste, your responsibility

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council is urging all residents and businesses across the Borough to act responsibly when disposing of their waste, or risk facing a fine. During the Coronavirus pandemic, the council has seen several incidents of anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping linked to residential and business waste collections. This has included waste being left out on non-collection days, leaving out bulky waste items which cannot be picked up as part of the regular waste collections, and fly-tipping in communal areas. Some businesses have also been identified as illegally disguising their business waste as household waste for collection, instead of arranging for their waste to be legally disposed of by an appropriate waste company. Cllr Carole Mulroney, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: “I am encouraging anyone throwing out waste in the Borough to do so correctly and play their part in helping to keep our town safe and clean. When waste is incorrectly handled or disposed of, both residents and businesses risk a fine, or even a prosecution. It also leads to contamination which means materials cannot be recycled, so they have to go to landfill and consequently costs more to dispose of. Please remember, if you are not sure how to dispose of waste correctly to contact us or visit our website for advice. “We will always seek to provide advice in the first instance, but when this advice is ignored, we will not hesitate in pursuing further enforcement action. Businesses are reminded that they must make arrangements for the disposal of their own waste and must not use the weekly household collections. Residents must also ensure they present waste on their allocated collection day.” Residents are also reminded that they can arrange the collection of any bulky items such as furniture or white goods through Veolia, the council’s recycling and waste contractor, by visiting More information can be found on our website: Businesses waste – Incorrect presentation of household waste – Fly-tipping –
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