One million reasons for action on fly-tipping now 19 October 2017

As the year's fly-tipping statistics are released today - the fact this rising problem has topped one million fly-tips in 2016/17 is shocking but perhaps not surprising. That is why we are calling for more cash for councils to tackle this national epidemic.

Fly tipping this year has topped 1,000,000 incidents across England, with associated clean up costs of £58 million (up from £50 million last year). Two-thirds of these incidents comes from household waste, with a third being a small van-load size of waste dumped. 

 
The continuing cuts to local authority budgets present huge challenge for councils who are tackling this rising tide of waste at the same time as trying to provide social care, education and all the other services that people demand.
 
We believe it is time to give councils the resources they need to educate the public on their responsibilities, keep household waste recycling centres open, offer an affordable bulky waste collection service and investigate and prosecute fly-tippers. 
 
Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “Enough is enough. It is time to give councils the resources they need to tackle this problem head-on, using some of the proceeds of the landfill tax.

“We also need the people of Britain to stop treating our country like one giant tip, to take responsibility for their unwanted stuff and make sure that, if they give their waste to someone else to dispose of, they are going to dispose of it legally.

“This fly-tipping epidemic is the reason we launched our #CrimeNotToCare campaign in March this year, to help local authorities educate their residents and enable them to do the right thing.

“There is no excuse for fly-tipping, it is illegal and those who do it must be held to account.”

Our recent research found a staggering lack of understanding about people's responsibilities when it comes to their waste, with more than a third thinking it was ok to do things that are actually classed as fly-tipping.

Our message is simple - "Your rubbish, your responsibility" and its why we have launched our #CrimeNotToCare campaign for Local Authorities.