When in India last year the Waster was, when critical of litter, given a gentle reminder of the growing fly tipping problem in the UK, exacerbated by rising disposal charges, especially the gate fee cost of landfill.
The problem continues, and there are a number of initiatives ongoing.
I was looking at the DEFRA Flycapture web pages today. This is what DEFRA tells us as background at http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/localenv/flytipping :-
“Until recently, there has been no national data on the true scale and extent of incidents of illegal waste disposal or “fly-tipping”. Estimates had been gathered from Environment Agency data as it collects detailed information on incidents it deals with.
In order to address this a power was introduced by section 55(5) of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 which allowed Defra to require waste collection authorities and the Environment Agency to submit regular data on the types and quantities of fly-tipping with which they deal.
At the same time, Defra worked closely with the Environment Agency, the Welsh Assembly Government and the English and Welsh Local Government Associations to develop the web-based database known as Flycapture. Flycapture went live in April 2004 and all waste collection authorities in England have registered.”
“Flycapture” is a good site for us in the waste industry to look at for more information on this subject.
I was amazed by the number of incidents reported. We are told that there are on average 89,173 fly-tipping incidents per month reported in England!
Well, it’s called Flycapture but if the perpetrators are to be captured in those numbers we can expect some very full jail cells indeed!