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. (more…)