Fly-tipping in the UK remains above one-million incidents per year, new figures have revealed.
Official statistics published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs confirmed incidents of illegal dumping of waste has declined by 4% compared to the previous year. The most common place for fly-tipping remained on highways, accounting for more than 40% of all incidents in 2021/22.
The most common size category for fly-tipping incident was the equivalent to a ‘small van load’, which comprised of 32% of all incidents. While 26% were the equivalent of a ‘car boot or less’. The figures do not include dumping of waste on private land. Local authorities appear to be getting tougher on the issue, with 507,000 enforcement actions taken, an increase of 11%. The number of fixed penalty notices issued rose by 58% to 57,700 and court fines nearly tripled from 621 in 2020/21 to 1,798 in 2021/22 (190%).
Under the Environmental Protection Act it is an offence for anyone to:
The negative impact on the environment of illegal dumping of waste is vast, causing damage to wildlife, biodiversity and people. The good news is there are simple, cost-effective solutions available that can help eradicate the issue.
Skip hire remains a sensible and highly cost effective and sustainable solution to this issue. Skips ensure waste can be disposed of in a professional way and the recycling process ensures most materials are saved from landfill and re-purposed.
At Sheehan Haulage and Plant Hire we provides skips in all sizes to cover small domestic projects right through to large-scale industrial site waste clearances. Skips are excellent value for money and provide a highly convenient way to collect and clear waste quickly and safely.
Skips can be hired in Oxfordshire via our online booking service and a member of our team will deliver it and collect from your location. We offer a full range of skip sizes to suit your needs.
If you have any questions about our skip services and wider waste management solutions please contact one of our team here.