BY NICK PEARCE
Fly-tipping is still out of control across much of the UK as lock-down continues. The period when tips were closed back in April has had a knock-on effect, resulting in people dumping rubbish illegally. Meanwhile, with little else to be getting on with, the revamping of homes and sorting out of clothes during lock-down has resulted in piles of unwanted furniture and bags of unwanted clothes, much of which might have been delivered to charity shops in the past. The problem is compounded by charity shops remaining closed.
There were over a million incidents of fly tipping last year in England alone. It’s an unsightly, and expensive, problem – costing nearly £60m of taxpayers’ money to clean up in 2019. 2020 looks like being the worst year for the problem yet.
Some locals are so fed up with fly-tipping they are taking the matter into their own hands. Simon Gordon, a Cheshire resident, saw one woman dropping rubbish in his village and so he filmed her and identified her via local chat groups. Eventually Cheshire’s Rural Police Team were able to issue her with a fine for fly-tipping.
Country Squire’s Cumbrian Farmer, Jim Webster, wrote recently of Cumbrian locals dumping garden waste on his farm:
There are those looking to assist the authorities and make a difference in the countryside as well as the cities. Martin Montague created a phone app, ClearWaste, that allows anyone in the UK to report fly tipped waste:
So what should you do when someone fly-tips? Report the incident to the police, to ClearWaste and to your local Facebook chat group. You may even see some results from your efforts.
Dumps are now open. No-one has any reason to fly-tip. Please stop!
The Countryside Alliance brief on fly-tipping can be found here.