It is a worrying figure, but fly-tipping has increased a massive 300% since the start of the pandemic. Many communities are joining forces to tackle the issue.
Common Fly-tipped Items
The most frequently fly-tipped items during the COVID-19 pandemic include:
- Building waste
- Vehicle parts
- Home appliances
- Old toys
- Single-use plastic
- Disposable masks
The increase in fly-tipping is likely because of the restrictions that the pandemic has caused. Being made to stay home has meant many people are having clear-outs and completing DIY tasks. This, teamed with the closure or reduction in hours of waste sites, means a lot of waste is waiting to be disposed of.
The Harm Caused by Fly-tipping
Fly-tipping is an eyesore and can often cause obstructions on the roads or country paths. It poses harm to the community as it may contain dangerous items that could harm children or wildlife. It may also attract vermin and other unwanted creatures and infestations. Aside from the health implications and obstructions, fly-tipping is a costly issue for the local authorities to clear.
How To Reduce Fly-tipping
It is not a simple task to identify the culprit of fly-tipping. Cameras in the area and the odd address label on waste have led to prosecutions, but it is challenging. Fines for fly-tipping can be anything from £200 up to £40,000 and a court conviction. If you have waste building up that you need to dispose of safely, always contact a waste disposal specialist, such as Rubbish Disposal.
Depending on the type of waste, there may be specific areas where you can donate it to. It is always worth making sure your items can not be donated to charity or recycled before disposing of them.
If you own land, that may be prone to fly-tipping, you can invest in secure fencing to deter this. Security cameras and alarm systems are another way of preventing fly-tipping and opportunist crime.
Local councils are working together within the community to help reduce fly-tipping and prosecute offenders. All information regarding possible fly-tipping will be investigated.
Contact Rubbish Disposal to find out more about the affordable waste disposal services that we offer on 01708 477375.