In order to tackle the problem, councils are spending millions trying to find new ways of cutting down on fly tipping. Some areas are using apps to make it easier for people to report fly tipping, but others have introduced fines or tagged offenders in public places in order to shame them into stopping. Then there are also the councils who are looking at ways of collecting evidence for fly tipping cases by entering people’s private property.In the third edition of Business Insider’s podcast “The Morning Download,” I spoke with Sam Roudman, who tracks the issue for The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, about the rise in fly tipping and how local authorities are trying to curb the problem. You can listen to our discussion here or find it on iTunes here . And here’s a transcript of our conversation:. Fly tipping is where someone takes your rubbish and dumps it on the side of the road. When this happens, it isn’t just your personal waste that is causing a problem. Not only is it dangerous for residents, but also for wildlife and the environment because some of this could be toxic.Most instances of fly tipping are small scale, and have been carried out by individuals. However, there is mounting evidence that a significant number of fly tips are the work of professional companies rather than people looking to cut corners whilst disposing of rubbish.
In many instances, fly tipping can be a genuine accident. For instance, there are reported instances of people accidentally disposing their waste in the wrong containers, such as food waste being thrown out with their recycling. Or maybe they just didn’t want to pay for the skip and took dumping their waste outdoors as an alternative. Some may even hire a third-party skip waste service to take the rubbish away, only for it to be seen being dumped outside a house like in the example below.Fly tipping, or the illegal disposal of waste is a crime in the UK. However, fly tipping continues to be an issue as there are businesses operating around the country disposing of waste illegally and outraging local residents. What’s more, gang members often work in teams removing waste from your properties so you can’t even hand over CCTV evidence to prove who was responsible if you have time to set it up. As a result, it makes it hard for councils to enforce any reported incidents.There are numerous websites and online directories that allow for the comparison of waste disposal prices and services. These sites are open to abuse from fly tipping gangs as they can simply set up fake profiles or switch web domains when a client starts getting suspicious. Once this has happened, they will offer their services to the unsuspecting victim at a significantly reduced price.Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste materials on land. Fly-tippers will typically transport waste from a location by truck to an open space such as an alleyway, car park or roadside where it is dumped and left in a random manner. There are currently no official figures available regarding the number of falsely registered businesses offering waste disposal services.Organised gangs have been operating for many years, they usually operate out of your typical large vans, however in recent years there has been a rise in larger vehicles including articulated lorries and even agricultural vehicles. These larger vehicles are used to transport non-household wastes such as fly tipping from building sites.
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