A petition set up by the Milton Keynes Conservatives to scrap the booking-only system at MK’s tips has attracted nearly 400 signatures.
The campaign, backed by local MPs and councillors, aims to revert the system back to how it was prior to the pandemic and reduce the huge increase in fly-tipping.
Since May 18th 2020, MK’s tips have required residents to pre-book slots either online or over the phone. It was introduced as a COVID-19 measure to ensure appropriate social-distancing at the tips but the Labour-led Council have since confirmed it will become permanent.
The tip-booking system also signals the introduction of charges on DIY waste including rubble, hardcore and soil where it will cost residents £1.90 per 25kg bag.
Recent data from MK Council has shown that since the introduction of the tip-booking system, fly-tipping has increased by 16% with 500 recorded incidents of fly-tipping a month.
Residents have also raised their concern about the availability of slots as the tips are often showing no slots available for booking even a week in advance. Despite this, it is not yet known whether or not the tips are using their full capacity.
Leader of the Conservative Group, Cllr Alex Walker, handed the petition into MK Council on Tuesday.
“I want to thank the almost 400 residents that have signed our “Scrap the Tip-Booking System” petition.
We should not be raising barriers to waste disposal for our residents whatsoever.
Fly-tipping in MK is out of control with almost 500 reports of fly-tipping every month. This is awful for our green spaces, bad for our communities and it’s time we took control of the fly-tipping problem in our city.”