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The Growing Problem of Fly Tipping

Over the past few years, more countries have been taking steps to become more eco-conscious. There is evidently a growing level of environmental awareness all other the world. While it is still far from becoming a top priority, the need to become greener is now becoming an increasing factor when it comes to being a successful business.

Environmental disasters, problems of biodiversity, water pollution, deforestation and climate change has made the public more aware of green issues. Over the past couple of years, the United Kingdom has become more determined in being a more eco-friendly country. There has been a big push for more reusable packaging, a rise of green buildings and plans of a nationwide ban of wet wipes in order to be more sustainable as a country.

These efforts have been proven effective as the United Kingdom now ranks 6th in the most environmentally friendly countries in the world according to the 2018 Environmental Performance Index results. Public concern over the environment in the UK also reached an all-time high this 2019. According to YouGov survey, the environment is now considered by Britons as the third most pressing issue of the nation, beating issues regarding economy, crime, and immigration.

Despite being an eco-conscious country, the UK still faces many environmental problems. Currently, the nation is suffering a waste disposal crisis. Fly-tipping, the illegal dumping of any kind of waste on land and property that doesn’t have the licence to accept it, is one of the effects of poor waste management systems in the country. In fact, according to the Local Government Association, fly-tipping across England has increased by nearly 40% in six years which resulted in the government spending more money clearing up waste and more independent hiring of removal services for fly-tipped waste.

Not only is fly-tipping unsightly, the illegal dumping of waste has a serious effect on the environment, economy and community where it happens.

Disease transmission

One dangerous effect of fly-tipping is its potential to encourage rodents into certain areas. Illegally dumped waste containing food waste will draw rodents which are both a nuisance and a vector of disease transmission. This poses a serious health risk to both humans and animals.

Potential contamination

Dumping wastes on public land can have a huge effect on local wildlife and farm businesses. Waste may include chemicals that contaminate soil and land Moreover, it can also pollute watercourses if the waste contains toxic chemicals.

Economic costs

Aside from its environmental effects, cleaning up illegally dumped waste on public land costs the government a large amount of money that could have been used for other areas of development. In England, taxpayers spent an astonishing 58 million pounds due to the rise of fly-tipping in the UK.

Fly-tipping is hindering the United Kingdom’s goal of becoming a more sustainable and eco-friendly country. If there is unwanted and illegally dumped rubbish on your property, deal with the issue by hiring fly tip removal services. MS Webb can handle the reporting and removal of fly-tipped waste on your behalf.  Contact us today and let’s help solve the fly-tipping crisis together.


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