Some councils in England will receive grants to tackle fly tipping through trial projects, including CCTV, covert and overt, to target hotspots, the Department for Environment, Food and of Rural Affairs (Defra).
Defra Environment Minister Jo Churchill said: ‘When it comes to landfills on the fly, enough is enough. These appalling incidents are costing us £392million a year and it’s time to put an end to it. I want to make sure recycling and proper waste disposal is free, accessible and easy for households. No one should be tempted to tip or turn to criminals and rogue operators.
“In addition, the funding we announced to local communities will help them test innovative new projects to end fly tipping. We will learn from the successes – and replicate them.
As Defra puts it, fly dump crime ravages urban and rural areas, poses a public health risk and is expensive to clean up – be it the private landowner or the local government; the councils alone handled 1.13 million fly-spill incidents in 2020/21, a 16 per cent increase on 2019/20. Defra collected some 60,000 tipping incidents with construction, demolition and excavation materials in 2020/21, an 18% increase on 2019/20. Defra points out that some councils charge for the taking of construction waste such as paving slabs and roofing material. The government is consulting on changing legislation so that households cannot be charged for DIY waste (such as plasterboard, bricks and bath units) at recycling centres.
Newham Council in east London, for example, runs anti-tipping adverts on buses, on social media, on notice sites in the area, in libraries and on a mobile notice board. In March, James Asser, Newham cabinet member for the environment, highways and sustainable transport, said the council had collected nearly 3,000 tonnes of illegally dumped waste since December. As for how people can report any theft advice they see, in Newham it’s online at love.newham.gov.uk or using the Love Clean Streets phone app. In south London, two temporary cameras will be installed in the town centers of Purley and Croydon to tackle anti-social behaviour, street drinking, drug use and tipping, council said. Croydon.
David Renard is the environmental spokesperson for the Local Government Association (LGA). He said: “Councils, as the primary stewards of environmental services, are best placed to decide what works best for their regions.
“The disposal of non-household waste, such as do-it-yourself waste and tyres, is a non-regulatory obligation. As a result, some municipalities have had to introduce fees for this waste due to the increased costs of providing the service and the financial pressure they are under.
“Money from the levies is plowed back into services so councils can continue to provide disposal facilities for these materials for residents who would otherwise find it difficult to dispose of and will ensure the system is not not abused by those seeking to dispose of commercial waste. free.
“To cope with pressures and ensure social distancing is adhered to during the pandemic, more councils have introduced booking systems for recycling centres. Many have continued this practice as they have found it to best suit the needs of their region.
“Manufacturers can improve recycling rates and deter fly dumping by offering more take-back services so people can return old furniture and mattresses when buying new ones.
“Our own poll shows eight in ten people are happy with the way their local council collects their waste.”
Photo by Mark Rowe; fly-tip, Beckton, East London, sunny morning.