Fly-tipping is the illegal deposit of waste onto land that doesn’t have a licence to accept that waste. Instead of using skips, tips or waste disposal companies, a fly tipper simply dump their waste in a spot where they hope they will not be seen. This might be on the street, neighbour’s garden or even often out in the countryside.
Effects of Fly-Tipping
Tipping a bag that’s full of rubbish, electrical items or mattress in the street makes an area look run down and ugly and also causes a local nuisance. Rotting food plus other materials can end up attracting droves of flies and enticing rodents to start collecting in the area. In fact, rats are a fairly common occurrence and tend to keep away from an area unless there is a ready supply of something they access and eat. As disease-carrying animals, rats are among the least-welcomed pests, and they can be very difficult to eliminate.
Fly-tipping can also involve several truckloads of demolition and construction waste being tipped on various types of land. It’s evident that uncontrolled illegal waste disposal is hazardous to the public, particularly if it contains toxic asbestos or materials. There might be a high risk of damage to soil quality and watercourses from the dumped waste.
Household goods may contain substances that are harmful and can kill a wild animal if they ingest them. Also, don’t forget about the strangulation and suffocation dangers of plastic. Additionally, larger items pose a risk to kids if they’re inadvertently left to play near them.
You can be prosecuted for fly-tipping since it’s regarded as a serious criminal offence. The courts have several powers available to them for tackling fly-tipping. This includes incarceration, large fines of up to 50,000-pound orders to pay costs plus an order to deny rights to any vehicle that’s used to commit this offence.
Councils in England dealt with over 1 million incidences of fly-tipping were in 2016/17. The cost of clearing up that waste was more than 58 million pounds. This money comes from the local taxpayer.
That means members of the community abiding by the rules and paying their taxes are footing the bill for people who are looking for a free way of dumping their waste illegally. This amount of money that’s wasted to clear up fly-tipping is unbearable, and it can do better things in communities and reduce lots of pressure on the budget.
How Can I Help To Prevent Fly-Tipping?
The Environment Agency (EA) provides people with a 24-hour hotline for reporting fly tipping, or individuals can also report to the police. It is extremely crucial that you do not contribute to this problem yourself. Don’t fly-tip or litter, instead, you should hire a skip from professional companies.
It’s cheaper and more reliable, and all of your rubbish can be ethically disposed of quickly. Hiring a skip from professional companies will make sure that you do not have to fly-tip. Instead, you’ll rest easy knowing that your waste is dealt with in an ethical manner.