The Cost of Fly-Tipping in the UK

3rd June 2015

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Fly-tipping is the illegal act of dumping waste products instead of disposing of them in an appropriate, legal manner. Private and public land can be at risk of fly-tipping, which is not only a blight on the local landscape but also costly for the public purses, people’s health and the environment.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), releases annual reports into fly-tipping and the 2012-14 report shows some shocking statistics*:

  • Local Authorities dealt with a total of 852 thousand incidents of fly-tipping in 2013/14, an increase of 20 per cent since 2012/13
  • The estimated cost of clearance of fly-tipping to Local Authorities in England in 2013/14 was £45.2 million, a 24 per cent increase on 2012/13
  • Local Authorities carried out nearly 500 thousand enforcement actions at an estimated cost of £17.3 million, which was over a £2.0 million increase on the previous year. This equated to an increase of 18 per cent on enforcement actions in the same period
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These figures show just how much of a strain fly-tipping is on Local Authority finances and it can be so easily avoided. The importance of having a good waste management system in place – both at home and in the workplace – is irrefutable. Waste management services from 707 are available across the country and can provide audits, recycling bins, refuse collection and waste disposal solutions for industrial waste including hazardous, food and electrical waste.

Fly-tipping can cause health issues and environmental problems such as pollution as well as potentially causing harm to wildlife, so with affordable waste management solutions readily available, there really is no excuse for it. Whether you need to clear out an office ready for a big move or get rid of food waste from a catering business, 707 can help you to find the most affordable and suitable methods of disposal. Not only that, but we are committed to working towards a zero waste to landfill goal and would love to help you and your business to achieve this goal through reusing and recycling your refuse. It’s a realistic goal so get in touch today and find out what you can do.

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