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Fly-tipping is more than just dumping waste – the land it goes to has to have a proper license to accept it. This shows that flytipping (or fly-tipping) is both a crime against the owner of the land and an environmental problem.
A spokesman for Bradford Council, quoted by the Daily Express said:
“Fly-tipping is a national issue and Bradford Council is just one of those areas suffering from the blight of this anti-social behaviour. The cost of clearing up fly-tipping in the Bradford district is between £100,000 and £150,000 per year.”
Why Is Flytipping Waste A Problem?
Bradford Council dealt with more than 850 cases of fly tipping in 2016/17, making it one of the worst Council areas in England.
Nationally, dealing with fly-tipped waste costs Councils in England more than £1m a day, and the estimated cost of clearing up this waste was over £58 million, according to Keep Britain Tidy.
The disposal of waste can be hazardous to the public, which is why it should be done under controlled conditions. Illegally dumping it could be a risk of damage to watercourses and soil quality.
Its not just the larger amounts. The Environmental Protection Act 1990 makes littering an offence, with a maximum penalty of up to £2500.
When areas are kept clean it is often a sign that communities are active and safe, which deters crime and can promote visitors. So clean areas with regular litter picking benefit everyone!