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An open letter from all partners involved in Operation Respect

Jonathan Irving

Jonathan Irving

Posted on 09 June 2021

A message to the people and businesses of Allerdale:

All authorities and partners in Allerdale are calling on residents, visitors and businesses to play their part in eradicating fly-tipping from our communities.

Here in Allerdale, we live, work and play in an amazing part of the world – a borough which is home to the Lake District, the Hadrian's Wall UNESCO World Heritage Site, the stunning Solway Coast and some of the most vibrant and welcoming communities you’ll find anywhere.

But unfortunately for a minority of people, they see this beautiful landscape and our streets as a dumping ground for unwanted furniture, broken white goods, building waste and more. Collectively we deal with thousands of incidents of fly-tipping each year costing the public purse hundreds of thousands of pounds to clean up.

We know the issue of fly-tipping is an important one for everyone and by us all coming together, we’re sending out a clear message to those who are flouting the law – enough is enough.

Today we launch Operation Respect and are making a pledge to do our utmost to tackle this issue and allow Allerdale continue to be an incredible place. However, we cannot do this alone and that’s why we need your help to make this operation a success.

Each and every one of us can contribute to reducing fly-tipping in the area by doing simple things like only using licensed waste carriers to take away unwanted goods and always putting things into a bin, rather than just leaving them out in the street or countryside.

In turn, as public authorities and other partners, we’ll commit to making this an even bigger priority than it already is and come down hard on this illegal and unsightly activity.

Thank you to all those who currently play their part in keeping our communities clean and we look forward to working with our communities over the coming months.

Signed by:

Allerdale Borough Council, Allerdale Waste Services Ltd, Solway Coast AONB, Tivoli Group Ltd, Cumbria County Council, Home Group, Westfield Housing Association, Castles and Coasts Housing Association, United Utilities and Forestry England