Kent County Council has committed a further £250,000 to help fight rogue traders flytipping in the county.
The funding will continue to build on the close work with district and borough councils, Kent Police and other partners through the Kent Resource Partnership.
Part of the funding is being used for Business Waste: Your Duty of Care, a course designed to help people whose business requires them to dispose of waste to understand their legal obligations.
KCC Cabinet Member for Environment Susan Carey said: “This money is paying for extra enforcement and a campaign to inform householders and businesses of their responsibilities around waste disposal.
“KCC has committed to a further £250,000 from this April to continue this work with local businesses as well as funding enforcement technology.
“This includes cameras, trackers and SmartWater, a special fluid which can be placed on any item and traced. These tools are being used to monitor flytipping hot spots or target known offenders where a sting operation could be used.
“The new course is proving popular with businesses, with the most recent one attracting 70 attendees.
“We are also developing an online course for waste carriers who have committed first-time offences.”
Courses have already taken place in Canterbury, Maidstone, Ashford, Folkestone, Thanet and Gravesham.
Further courses will take place in Swale in April, Tonbridge and Malling in May and Tunbridge Wells in July. Courses will also run in Dartford Sevenoaks, and Canterbury later this year.
As part of the Keep Kent Clean campaign, Kent County Council, together with the district and borough authorities, urges residents to protect themselves from illegal waste carriers who often target householders with cheap rates to take their rubbish away.
Since the Keep Kent Clean campaign was launched, flytipped waste delivered by the district and borough councils to KCC for disposal between June and November reduced by 1%, equivalent to nearly 16 tonnes, compared with the same months in the previous year.
Susan added: “Unless you are using someone who has a waste carrier licence number and who provides you with enough details of where they are disposing of the waste, you cannot guarantee where your rubbish will end up.
“If it gets dumped and traced back to you, the waste is still your responsibility and you can be prosecuted by your local district council unless you can show you have checked they are legitimate.
“Fly tipping is an environmental crime blighting our countryside, towns and cities and we want the public and business to protect themselves and wipe out flytipping in our beautiful county.”