To “fly tip” means to illegally dump waste on land that isn’t permitted or licensed to hold it. Not only is it a serious criminal offence that could lead to prison time, it’s also damaging and dangerous to the environment.
Back in 2014/2015, statistics revealed that there were around 900 thousand incidents of fly tipping in the UK. This was a worrying increase of 5.6 percent since the previous two years. The most common place for fly tipping to take place was said to be on highways, closely followed by footpaths and alleyways.
How Does Fly Tipping Affect Us?
There are several reasons for why fly tipping is an illegal act. It causes pollution in the environment, puts wildlife and farm animals at risk and can be danger to the health of people too. It also looks extremely ugly – spoiling the hard work that towns and cities do to keep the area looking clean and welcoming.
It also costs the UK huge amounts of money each year. It’s estimated that fly tipping will take around £44m annually to clean up. Money that is best spent elsewhere!
How Can You Help to Prevent Fly Tipping?
If you come across fly-tipped waste, it’s really important that you report it using the correct procedures. Generally, it’s your local council that will need to be alerted of any information about waste being dumped illegally.
You should write down as much detail as possible. This includes the type of waste, the amount, the day, date, time and the exact location. This will go a long way in helping the government deal with the problem ASAP.
If you see someone committing the offence, you shouldn’t try and stop them. Simply take down as much detail as possible once again, including what they looked like, how many there was and the type of vehicle they were driving.
Dispose of Your Own Waste Properly
Whilst fly tipping is seen as the extreme version of littering, we think it’s important to always dispose of waste in the right way. Whether it’s getting rid of old furniture or throwing a crisp packet away – everything needs doing properly to avoid the environment suffering.
If you have a lot of things to dispose of, have you even considered hiring a skip?
As a fully licensed skip hire company, we’re not sure why anyone would feel the need to fly tip, especially when they could easily and effectively dispose of their rubbish using a skip. All waste is then collected and recycled; we believe that protecting the environment is really important.
If you require a professional skip hire service, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can give us a call on 01506 411141 and we will be more than happy to help you out.