Waste and Refuse Accumulations
Waste and/or refuse accumulations are generally where there is a build-up of waste or refuse that has been left for some time. It does not generally include weekly refuse that has been uncollected or that has only been present for a short period, although each case will be assessed on an individual basis.
Complaints concerning accumulations of refuse within the boundary of residential premises are dealt with by the Environmental Health Service where there is a Public Health Nuisance. This is likely to occur where putrescible waste (such as domestic food waste) is present which will attract vermin or where vermin are present by virtue of waste matter or where harbourage may be an issue or is proven. If you have a problem with rats or mice the Council’s Pest Control Service may be able to help resolve that issue. See the Pest Control Web page for more details. In investigations concerning putrescible waste the use of the Pest Control service to gather evidence will often be utilised. The Council is not able to remove any accumulations but if appropriate the responsible person (i.e. the property owner) will be advised of the situation and may be required to remove the items.
Complaints concerning the refuse collection service or where no Public Health Nuisance exists, as well as accumulations not within residential premises’ boundaries (e.g. garage compounds, alleyways, open ground), should be made to the Council’s Cleansing and Environmental Amenities services, e-mail email@example.com This service will investigate who the land belongs to and may take action to require them to remove the items. The Cleansing service does not as a general rule remove accumulations of waste but will assess each scenario on an individual basis.
Unused or dilapidated vehicles ar often reported to us as being present in gardens and driveways but unfortunately very rarely pose a public health issue and therefore are not something that the Environmental Health Department can usually deal with.
If the property or land is being used to renovate or work on cars commerically (change of use) the Council’s Planning Department (firstname.lastname@example.org ) may be interested and you should contact that Department for advice.
If dilapidated cars are parked on the road then West Sussex District Council is the enforcing Authority (http://www.westsussex.gov.uk)
For vehicles without Road Tax the Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) is the appropriate body to contact (http://www.dvla.gov.uk )
Abandoned vehicles that are not in gardens or driveways can be reported to "Operation Crackdown" or reported to the police on 0845 60 70 999.
In most cases builders’ rubble and building materials do not constitute a public health risk (and inert material such as this is excluded from the definition of statutory nuisance) and seldom harbours vermin on a long-term basis but may occasionally be an issue that the Department can deal with if it includes putrescible matter such as food waste. Large accumulations of builders’ waste or rubble may be able to be dealt with by the Council’s Planning Department.
Active building sites will often contain building materials, rubble or waste and may be present for some time due to the constraints and timescales of the individual building project and there is often little that can be done from an Environmental Health point of view. Again the Council’s Planning Department may be able to help or it may be worth contacting the Considerate Constructors Scheme if the site is registered.
Under the Scheme all registered sites registered are monitored by an experienced industry professional to assess their performance against the eight point Code of Considerate Practice which includes the categories Considerate, Environment, Cleanliness, Good Neighbour, Respectful, Safe, Responsible and Accountable. The three main areas that the Scheme’s Code covers are:
Registered sites should do all they can to reduce any negative effect they have on the environment. They should work in an environmentally conscious, sustainable manner.
Registered sites should provide clean, appropriate facilities for those who work on them. Facilities should be comparable to any other working environment.
The general public
Registered sites should do all they can to reduce any negative impact they may have on the area in which they are working. Sites should aim to leave a positive impression on those they affect.