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Fly-tipping is illegal deposit of any waste onto land that does not have a licence to accept it. This indicates that flytipping (or fly-tipping) is both a crime against the owner of the land and an environmental problem.
Helen Freeman, Chief Officer for Environmental Action at Leeds City Council said:
“The illegal dumping of rubbish is a blight and won’t be tolerated in Leeds. Where we have evidence to support our case, we will always seek to prosecute those responsible.”
Why Is Flytipping Waste A Problem?
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!