Countryside fly-tipping surge in the UK

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Countryside fly-tipping surge in the UK

The UK recorded 1.1 million incidents of fly-tipping last year — the highest number recorded for over a decade, since 2008/09.

Public footpaths and bridleways were affected particularly badly, with the highest number of fly-tipping incidents in 13 years — equating to 543 a day and a jump of 10% compared to the previous year.

As a result, campaigners are warning of the impact on natural landscapes – and on people who use footpaths and bridleways for activities like rambling, trail running and horse riding. Those who enjoy the countryside in their free time are being encouraged to report incidents and vehicles involved in fly-tipping through the gov.uk website or FixMyStreet.

Many villages, towns and cities have seen junk piled up high in remote spots, as people clear out their homes to make space for offices. Huge amounts of taxpayers’ money is now being spent on litter collection, which could be going to vital public services.”

commented Susie Burrage, ambassador and board member of the Global Recycling Foundation.

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Litter is pollution and people underestimate the negative impact it has. Many people wrongly believe their individual actions will not harm the environment. For example, cigarette butts (which take 10 years to decompose) leach toxic substances into soil and water. Just one cigarette butt can contaminate 200 litres of water.

I believe fines have helped to change individual behaviour, but we must challenge and change consumer behaviour. People must be educated in the best ways of preserving our natural resources and given easy access to well-organised and efficient recycling systems.”

She concluded.

“People must be educated in the best ways of preserving our natural resources and given easy access to well-organised and efficient recycling systems.”

SUSIE BURRAGE, AMBASSADOR AND BOARD MEMBER OF THE GLOBAL RECYCLING FOUNDATION

The litter goes beyond everyday items: over the last year, incidents of dumping tyres rose by a quarter and people discarding vehicle parts increased by 15%. Posing even more of a health risk, there was a 47% upturn in fly-tipping of chemical drums or oil/fuels. Offenders should remember that this can be punished with a maximum fine of £50,000, or even a jail sentence.

Hannah Poole, trainee solicitor at leading criminal defence firm Olliers, says:

Fly-tipping differs from littering as the illegal deposit of waste on land, removing the waste from premises where it was originally produced, with the deliberate aim to dispose of this waste unlawfully. 

Any individual who produces waste has a duty of care to ensure that it’s disposed of properly. This applies to both householders and businesses. If convicted, the penalties individuals may face include a fine and/or a prison sentence of up to five years.

The Fly-tipping Partnership Framework encourages enforcement agencies, residents and landowners to act together at a local level and provide ideas. A major factor in preventing fly-tipping is promoting understanding of the potential penalties.

There is no requirement for people to report fly-tipping, but to encourage the public to report it, it needs to be easy and individuals need to know it is worth reporting. To report fly-tipping or illegal waste dumping, individuals should contact the local council – and we need more people to do just that.”

How can the public help with fly-tipping?

There are various ways to help alleviate England’s litter and fly tipping problem.

Dan Marchant, director at the UK’s largest vaping retailer Vape Club, said:

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We know that many smokers will drop a cigarette butt on the floor, stamp it out and walk off, leading to cigarettes being one of the most common forms of litter. So when you switch to vaping, it’s a great chance to not only improve your health, but also to reduce the effect of cigarettes on the environment. Of course, you still need to dispose of everything properly. Or better yet, use a refillable vaping system to make sure there’s even less waste.”

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