Land owners and farmers in Dacorum who are the victims of fly-tipping can now apply to have the rubbish cleared up free of charge.
We've joined the scheme set up by David Lloyd, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Hertfordshire, for those whose green and open spaces have been contaminated.
The clean-up operations are paid for by the PCC using a £20,000 fund that was generated by the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA). This is money that has been confiscated from criminals and is put back into crime-fighting and victim initiatives.
Existing district councils taking part include Broxbourne, Three Rivers, Welwyn Hatfield, St Albans, Stevenage, East Herts and North Herts.
Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, said: “Most of the councils have now joined the scheme, which shows how committed all parties are to tackling fly-tipping.
“It's a serious crime and it has a significant impact on our community. It blights the countryside, causes substantial costs for farmers and landowners to clear the waste and poses a danger to livestock and wildlife.
“I do not believe it is fair that farmers and landowners are left to pick up a bill, which can run in to thousands of pounds, because someone else has fly-tipped on their property.
“Our relentless drive to support bringing offenders to justice by funding enforcement measures, making improvements to security and educating the public on responsible waste disposal, saw a 17.9 per cent drop in fly-tipping across Hertfordshire.
“As part of my Community Safety and Criminal Justice Plan I pledged to investigate the potential of using money recovered from criminals to be put to good use in this way."
Cllr Alan Anderson, Dacorum Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services, said: "We are delighted to be part of the PCC's fly-tipping on private land fund. Our borough covers a significant area of rurality, which suffers from fly-tipping on the land.
“This costs a great deal of money for private land owners and farmers to clear. Whilst the Environmental Enforcement Officers are always willing to visit these fly-tipping incidents to look for evidence for prosecution, we have been unable to offer assistance with clearing the mess, up until now.
“This will also help with intelligence gathering as we can share this information across the borough with our colleagues in the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group."
To be eligible for the funding, farmers or green space landowners will have to prove they already have a waste disposal contract in place with an authorised collection firm.
The scheme is part of the countywide multi-agency and multi- channel campaign being run by the Herts Fly Tipping Group - #SCRAPflytipping.
Anyone interested in making a claim, or finding out more information, can email email@example.com or call 01442 228000.
Photo caption: David Lloyd inspecting a huge fly-tipping incident in Hertfordshire earlier this year.