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Why Do People Fly Tip?

According to the latest data published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, local authorities in England reported over 976,000 fly tipping incidents in 2019-2020. This is an increase of 2% from the 957,000 fly tipping cases reported in 2018-2019.

Fly tipping removals cost councils in England over £10.9 million in investigation and clean-up. In addition to being unsightly, fly tipping is extremely detrimental to public health and the environment. It can block off roads and paths, and cause bad smells and toxic fumes.

Fly tipping can involve any form of waste, from construction rubbish to household garbage. Some types of waste such as toxins, asbestos, and chemicals can be a biohazard. They can easily seep into groundwater, pollute bodies of water, and cause disease.

The illegal disposal of waste in the environment can also permanently damage the land. Chemicals in the rubbish can contaminate soil and harm local wildlife. Additionally, fly tipped waste attracts flies, rodents and other pests which can destroy property and/or carry disease.

What are the Causes of Fly Tipping?

1. Lack of Awareness

Many people resort to fly tipping due to a lack of understanding about its effects on public health and the environment. Waste producers may also be unaware of the available facilities for lawful disposal.

Laziness and an expectation that someone else will clear up the waste are also key reasons for fly-tipping.

2. Ineffective Collection and Disposal Services

Some people may be put off by inconvenient opening hours and/or location of legal waste disposal facilities. Infrequent collections may also lead to build-up of rubbish that can be a nuisance for households without adequate space to store excess waste.

3. Hefty Waste Collection Fees

Many households and businesses alike believe that it is easier and cheaper to dump waste than dispose of it legally. Disposal of regular household waste is paid for through the council tax while any other type of waste is paid through a landfill tax.

The landfill tax is determined by material and weight. This explains why fly tipped waste often consist of larger and heavier items including furniture, appliances, and others.

A Quick and Painless Fly Tip Removal Process

Any unwanted garbage dumped on your property must be dealt with as soon as possible. Otherwise, it can trigger all sorts of health and environmental hazards.

At MS Webb, we can oversee the reporting of fly tipping cases on your behalf. Our team can also provide security solutions to prevent future fly tipping, vandalism, and trespassing incidents. We take time to understand your needs and customise our approach based on your unique situation.

With over 25 years of field experience, trust us to deliver thorough site clean-ups and removal of pollutants and hazardous substances. Our extensive intelligence network and connections with local law enforcement allow us to effectively serve clients throughout England and Wales. Work with us and benefit from flexible fee structures and a 24-hour rapid response system.

Get in touch today and take advantage of swift and efficient fly tipping removal services.


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