Combating Fly-Tipping for Cleaner Communities

Jess Chambers
Feb 27, 2020 5:35:19 PM

According to recent statistics published by Defra, there is a fly-tipping incident every 30 seconds in England.

Last year alone local authorities dealt with over 1 million incidents, with nearly two-thirds of these fly-tips involving domestic waste. In Essex and the wider Chelmsford area, over 16,000 investigations were launched, with the county accounting for 28% of all fly-tipping incidents in the region.

Fly-tipping is a growing problem, with the report highlighting a year-on-year rise of 8% in reported incidents. Common in rural areas, with plenty of fields and woods to leave unwanted rubbish, fly-tipping can permanently tarnish natural landscapes, contaminate local waterways and serve as a serious hazard to wildlife.

With over 70% of Essex being rural and the county being home to green spaces such as Chelmsford’s iconic Hyde Hall gardens, initiatives such as #ScrapFlyTipping and awareness of the need to use licenced waste carriers are key to tackling fly-tipping.

Keep Britain Tidy define fly-tipping as the illegal deposit of any waste on to land that does not have a licence to accept it. So if your waste is fly-tipped, by you or by someone else on your behalf, you could face a fixed penalty notice of up to £400 or an unlimited fine. Using a registered waste carrier to supply a skip or to collect your rubbish is critical as if your waste is found fly-tipped, even if someone else has dumped the items, you could be responsible for the crime.

Experienced in the clearance of fly-tip sites, Dunmow Waste Management is certified in waste management and waste carrying. For over 30 years our domestic and commercial customers have trusted us to manage their waste responsibly. From skip hire for household rubbish through to hazardous waste removal, get in touch to discuss how we can help with your project.

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