Government fly-tipping statistics releases yesterday (2 March) show fly-tipping has increased for the third year in a row, and councils have reported more than 936,000 separate incidents, including a 6.5% increase in household waste fly-tips.
The figures show fly-tipping is up 4% on the previous year and the annual clear-up cost for councils is £50 million.
More than two thirds of fly-tips involve household waste and the number of white goods fly-tipped has more than tripled since 2012/13 to 48,674.
Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy is now calling for action to be taken to stem the rising tide of illegal dumping.
A key part of the charity’s new action plan on fly-tipping is the launch of a major campaign #CrimeNotToCare this month, which is designed to cut off the supply of waste that criminals are dumping indiscriminately across our country and to educate the public about their role and responsibilities when it comes to getting rid of their w.aste
Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton – “We know that people do not want to live in places blighted by rubbish and this weekend hundreds of thousands of them will be taking direct action by rolling up their sleeves to take part in the Great British Spring Clean and do their bit to help the country clean up its act.”
Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “These statistics are shocking but not surprising. Local authorities are fighting a daily battle with criminal fly-tippers who are making money by treating our country like a rubbish dump.
“We know that people do not want to live in places blighted by rubbish and this weekend hundreds of thousands of them will be taking direct action by rolling up their sleeves to take part in the Great British Spring Clean and do their bit to help the country clean up its act.
“Our Tipping Point action plan anticipated these statistics and provides a roadmap that we believe will turn the tide on fly-tipping.”
The Local Government Association (LGA) Environment spokesperson, Cllr Judith Blake, says that at a time when social care faces a funding gap of at least £2.6 billion by 2020 and councils’ overall funding shortfall is predicted to reach £5.8 billion within three years, local authorities are having to spend a vast amount each year on tackling litter and fly-tipping.
“This is money that would be better spent on vital front line services,” she says. “Litter and fly-tipping is environmental vandalism – it’s unpleasant, unnecessary and unacceptable.
“The Government has responded to our call for councils to be able to apply Fixed Penalty Notices for small scale fly-tipping – and this is a big step in the right direction. We need a new streamlined system which helps councils – one that is nimble, flexible and effective. Not only does fly-tipping create an eyesore for residents, it is also a serious public health risk, creating pollution and attracting rats and other vermin.
“There are a number of additional changes that would help tackle littering and fly-tipping, including sharing more of the responsibility with product producers. This includes manufacturers providing more take-back services so people can hand in old furniture and mattresses when they buy new ones.”