In Britain, fly-tipping has hit “critical levels”, with the issue partly being blamed on the lack of routinely waste collections, a survey discovered.
In certain council areas, situations of fly-tipping increased by over a fifth each year, in accordance to information received by the freedom of information requests.
Between the month of November 2015 and December of the following year, Haringey (north London) had almost 40,000 reported incidents of illegal waste disposal. Within the Manchester area, these figures were at 30,000, or 77 incidents a day, according to figures obtained by ITV News.
The issue has been pointed to alterations at local service tip sites – with a lot of councils not adding fees and reducing opening hours, or shutting them completely – on top of the alterations to residency routine dustbin collections.
Recently, there has been a tendency within local councils to cut the routine collection of bins, to save money and to enforce residents to recycle their goods.
Within certain areas of the United Kingdom, waste collection only occurs every four weeks and Allison Ogeden-Newton, a chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, said: “Fly-tipping is a plague, it’s hit critical conditions and something has to be done about the problem.
“Local councils are extremely affected by the occurance of illegal fly-tipping and we must take action immediately.”
In certain areas of the country the number of fly-tipping occurance decreased, for example in Birmingham, where the incidents fell by 13%. However, 21,000 reported offences were still recorded, or 53 a day, putting Birmingham City in third spot for the area that accumulates the most fly-tipping.
Councils point to the need to clean up illegally disposed waste as a financial drain on money that could otherwise be used on the likes of social care for the old.
Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services at Manchester City Council Nigel Murphy said to ITV News: “The figures cost us roughly £100 per tonne prior to adding in staff costs for doing the work […] this is money that is not being used on services such as elderly social care, children, and neighbourhoods which need a much improved environment.
“Now we’re needing to use the money on sorting out other people’s waste.”
The Government says that it will implement harsher fees for offenders, with local councils now having the power to hand out £400 on the spot fines.
The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says that rubbish crime accumulates to millions of pounds each year in cleaning up and has a harmful affect on the environment.
The problem is that it is hard for offenders to be captured and committed. In 2016, the Woodland Trust reported its worst year for fly-tipping incidents, however, only managed to take one culprit to court.
The sole offenders was ordered to pay £200 for illegally disposing a damaged coffee table, old mattress, bed frame and a child’s playhouse at Little Wold Plantation in Yorkshire.
The charity says that the yearly waste disposal cost has risen by 264% since 2010, which has cost the charity £354,031 over the recent six years.