A CRACKDOWN on uncovered loads is set to target dangerous drivers.
Tamworth Regional Council (TRC) rangers are prepared for a blitz on incorrectly secured loads in and around Tamworth Waste Management Facility on Forest Road across the next few weeks.
The clampdown is the result of an increase of litter items being blown off cars onto the road to the tip, TRC compliance manager Ross Briggs said.
"We're reminding residents, tradies, commercial businesses who are taking waste to any of the tips around the Tamworth Regional Council area, that their loads must be both secured and covered," he said.
"Just tying down a load with ropes is not necessarily good enough particularly depending upon the type of material being transported.
"The addition of a tarp, small-holed mesh cover like a lot of tradies are using is the best option to ensure obligations are being met," he said.
One of the bigger issues the council faces is green and garden waste that's transported in a ute, trailer or truck to the landfill.
Loose material often blows out when only rope is used to tie down the loads that need to be covered as part of transport requirements.
Mr Briggs said large holed cargo nets are not a proper cover if any part of the load can fit through the holes.
"The best way to work out if your load is covered correctly is to imagine if it was turned upside down, and ask yourself if anything would fall out," he said.
Anyone who breaks the rules faces a fine in excess of $750 for individuals or $1500 for corporations.
Enforcement officers will undertake the blitz from this weekend, September 26, up to and including the weekend of Sunday, October 11.
The sides of Forest Road are being cleaned as part of the campaign.