While tip charges at recycling centres increase, so does the number of people resorting to less-than-legal means to dispose of their waste. Fly tipping is more than littering. Offenders typically carry large quantities of waste in a vehicle and inconspicuously deposit it where it doesn’t belong — usually by the side of a highway.
In April of this year, Cherwell District Council in the UK investigated a fly tipping incident near Banbury, where more than 50 tyres were found dumped in the middle of a field. The perpetrators risked a £5,000 fine to avoid the cost of legally dumping the tyres at a recycling centre. With the new fee increase, the cost to dispose of 50 tyres would have been £250.
Fly tipping does nothing to beautify the environment, to be sure; it also carries a potential health hazard for people, farm animals and wildlife. Local authorities are responsible to clean up all fly tipping incidents larger than a bin bag and smaller than 20 tonnes. Large-scale incidents or illegal disposal of toxic waste must be reported to the Environment Agency for clean-up. Continue reading “Ways in which local councils can tackle fly tipping”