Crawley Borough Council has launched a campaign to tackle fly-tipping in the town, using education and enforcement.
Almost 1,800 incidents of fly-tipping were reported to the council in 2014, which cost around £75,000 to clear.
The council listed the ways to legally get rid of unwanted items:
Garden waste – Compost at home (visit www.wsussex.getcomposting.com for subsidised composters), use the GREENbin fortnightly kerbside collection service (visit www.crawley.gov.uk/greenbin) or take it to the Household Waste Recycling Site (HWRS) at Metcalf Way in Langley Green
Small electrical items – These can be recycled alongside your rubbish or can be taken to the HWRS. Also try free, community recycling websites
Bulky waste collection – For a small fee, the council will collect unwanted furniture and other bulky items, white and electrical goods
Furniture – Visit the HWRS, arrange for a bulky waste collection or try free, community recycling websites
Free collections – Residents receiving certain benefits qualify for one free collection of bulky household waste, white goods or electrical equipment in a 12-month period
Help neighbours – If you are going to the HWRS and know neighbours without access to a vehicle, please consider offering to help.
Some streets in Bewbush, Broadfield, Furnace Green, Gossops Green, Pound Hill and Southgate are known fly-tipping hotspots so the council’s Community Wardens will be knocking on doors in these areas to detail all of the legal ways that bulky waste items can be disposed of.
The wardens also patrol known fly-tipping hotspots and the council aims to clear reported fly-tipping with two working days.
The wardens have also been moved to Community Services, containing the staff who remove fly-tipping, so that both teams can work closely together to share intelligence.
Fixed penalty notices of £80 will be issued for small items of fly-tipping (up to the size of two filled refuse sacks).
Larger items of fly-tipping e.g. washing machines and large piles of garden waste can attract fines of more than £50,000 plus a prison sentence.
Cllr Colin Lloyd, Cabinet member for Environmental Services, said: “We are committed to improving the environment in Crawley and this fly-tipping campaign is a vital element.
“It’s important that everyone is clear about all the legal ways available locally to get rid of old furniture, other bulky items, garden and DIY waste.
“It’s easy and affordable to arrange collection and this can be free of charge for some people.
“We will be taking a harder line on fly-tipping so people who flout these rules will be liable to prosecution.
“We’re asking for residents’ help to tell us when they see someone illegally dumping rubbish.”
If you see someone fly-tipping call the Community Wardens in confidence on 07884 492324.
To view the progress of reported fly-tipping, visit www.crawley.gov.uk/flytip
For more information on disposing of waste legally visit www.crawley.gov.uk/recycling or call 01293 438772.