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In England Fly Tipping Happens Every 30 Seconds !

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A report released this month has shown that based on figures from last year 2018/19 local authorities in England are dealing with two fly tipping incidents per minute. This totals 1072,000 incidents reported by authorities that year. With fly tipping on the increase as we reported in our last blog this is a shocking amount of waste being dumped. 

The report by Expert Market has not only shown the quantity of fly tipping incidents but also the cost associated with them which was £12.9 million – an increase of £5000 on the year before. 

Boroughs in London were amongst four of the top five worst offending areas in the country. Data was used from 323 local authorities in England. Despite a 16% reduction in fly tipping offences compared to the previous year, the City of London still had 172 fly tipping incidents per 1000 people making it the worst in England. In third, fourth and fifth place were Camden, Hammersmith & Fulham and Hounslow. 

Sheffield in South Yorkshire showed a huge rise in fly tipping and was the second worst in England with a whopping 552% increase from 22 per 1000 people to 137 in 1000. 

The report also stated that household waste was the biggest portion of the waste dumped at almost two thirds. However, construction waste and trade waste were also found too. Whilst fines amounting to £1,090,267 have been issued by English councils for fly tipping this figure still only amounts to 0.2% of cases that end up in prosecution.

It is a bleak picture that is painted by the report with Lucy Crossfield, environmental content editor at Expert Market stating: The findings are alarming, especially when we consider the huge amount of money that is spent by overstretched councils on this avoidable problem.Residents need to be more aware of how to identify a legitimate waste carrier, the location of their nearest tip and who to get in touch with for waste disposal.”

Here at TH Removals we would always urge householders to ask to see our Waste Carrier Licence as proof that we are professional waste removal experts. Anyone that removes waste should be able to demonstrate that they are licensed and that they can dispose of waste responsibly.

Fly Tipping Still on the Increase –50% in Six Years

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Figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) show that across England there was over a million incidents of fly tipping last year. The rise shows an overall increase of 50% in just six years with no sign of any change in trend anytime soon. 

Over 60% of the reported cases involved household rubbish which had been dumped at roadsides, on pavements and in laybys. 

Whilst punishments for fly tipping are now stricter than ever before it seems that people are just running the risk of being caught. Fines and court action are also on the rise for offenders and councils also have powers to punish those that waste can be traced back to. So even if householders don’t directly dump the rubbish they can still be traced and charged. 

Rather than individual householders going out fly tipping a proportion of the incidents are thought to be down to so called professional waste removal firms. Many people are still being caught out by unlicensed waste carriers taking away one-off loads and household excess. 

It is now more important than ever when using private waste services to ensure that they are licensed to remove rubbish from a property and that they are going to dispose of it responsibly. Professional waste removal firms like TH Removals require an Upper Tier Waste Carrier Licence in order to: • Carry waste as part of a business• Buy, sell or dispose of waste• Arrange for someone to take other people’s waste

We would urge any household or business with excess waste to check the authenticity of any waste carrier carefully. They should be able to produce a copy of their licence credentials upon request. 

Councils are urging householders to access recycling and waste services that are readily available rather than blight the roadsides and beauty spots of the country with their excess waste. 

Council collections of household waste may now be less frequent however, it is now much easier to recycle certain items meaning less pressure on household waste bins. There is a shift in people’s environmental awareness which should mean that the dumping of waste isn’t at all necessary.

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