Christmas is often the time of excess. The huge family dinners, the big presents and not forgetting the Xmas tree. But Christmas is also the time of excess waste and all too often this excess waste is dumped or fly tipped across the country. Come Boxing Day, the UK’s car parks, laybys, country lanes and recycling bank floors are littered with piles of discarded packaging and yesterday’s rubbish.
This type of criminal activity is common in both rural and urban areas, and can be visible from the streets of central London to the country lanes of Hampshire and Berkshire. Recent figures indicate that national fly-tipping rates have increased by average 5.6%, with local areas such as Surrey Heath spending upwards of £18,000 to combat fly tipping and Test Valley Borough Council spending £35,000.
Not only is fly tipping an eye sore, it also has a huge and often unseen environmental impact. The dumping of waste can have adverse effects on both animals and plant life. Rubbish can soil habitats and create choking hazards for everything from roe deer to rabbits and can create health issues for their populations. In addition to the direct health issues caused by fly tipping, the illegal dumping of waste invites unwanted pests such as rats in to the area. If the tipped material contains any food waste, rodent infestations can occur. These can lead to disease transmission and the spread of Weil’s disease which can in some cases lead to kidney and liver failure.
So what can you do to help stop fly tipping?
You can report fly tipping via your local government waste authorities which can be found on the Gov website.
Check that any waste carrier you use has a valid waste carriers licence
By using an unlicensed waste carrier, you run the risk that they might dump waste illegally. Any individual or business found to use an unlicensed waste carrier maybe liable for any waste dumped illegally on their behalf. This can incur up to a £50,000 fine. To check if a company has a waste carriers licence simply search their details on the Environmental Agency’s or the .GOV website.
Don’t fly tip
If you’re not using a waste carrier, all waste should be in containers for collection by the authorities, leaving waste plied on the floor, can be considered fly tipping and can incur up to a £50,000 fine.
If you need to clear any waste that has been fly tipped simply book one of our Feedback Local collections, and we’ll come tidy up the mess.