Fly tipping is not only illegal, which can land you in serious trouble with the authorities, but it is also hugely harmful to the environment.
Out of the 2,800 arrests associated with fly tipping last year, 99.6% of them led to a conviction. The government is, quite rightly, clamping down on this heinous act.
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Ever heard of fly tipping? Fly tipping is the illegal deposit of waste on land, contrary to Section 33(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The term “fly tipping” is derived from the verb ‘tip’ (ie. to throw out of a vehicle) and ‘on the fly’ (ie. to casually throw away). Taxes on landfill in the UK led to illegal waste dumping, or “fly-tipping.” This is becoming a significant problem in the UK, in any vacant space that is not easily monitored.
Fly tipping is a significant blight on local environments;, in addition to serving as a direct source of pollution and danger to public health and wildlife. It also undermines legitimate waste businesses where unscrupulous operators undercut those operating within the law.
Nearly two-thirds of fly-tips involve household waste, and nearly 43 per cent of all fly-tips occur on the highway. Most fly-tips consist of a small van load of material. Recently, the estimated cost of clearance of fly-tipping to Local Authorities was £37.4 million; about 9 per cent reduction over 2010 to 2011.
Local Authorities in the UK have dealt with over 744,000 incidents of fly-tipping between 2011 to 2012, a 9 per cent decrease from 2010 to 2011. They have also carried out around 490,000 enforcement actions at an estimated cost of £17.7 million. This is a 14 per cent decrease in actions over 2010 to 2011.
The UK government has made it easier for members of the public to report fly-tipping. While incidences of fly-tipping have been decreasing, prosecution rates have risen.
The UK carried out 2,800 prosecutions against waste offenders in 2011 to 2012, up 16 per cent from the previous year. Of these, 99.6 per cent resulted in a conviction. Local authorities also issued over 84,500 warning letters, nearly 50,000 statutory notices and almost 3,600 formal cautions between 2011 to 2012.
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