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.