Be Waste-Wise or Face Fines
For the first time in 5-years, fly-tipping is down in England, but it remains a considerable problem for councils. The decline is a welcome change and is partially a result of a change in attitudes, better reporting and smart actions by councils. Television shows highlighted the issue and pointed out how the effects of illegal dumping go beyond an eye-sore.
At ReGen Waste, we stand for professional waste management and deliver tangible results for our clients. From source to our smart waste processing plant in Newry, we can track our efforts. Other companies and individuals however have little regard for waste regulations and the results are tragic.
'It's just some rubbish.'
For years, there was a perception that fly-tipping was merely a result of poor waste disposal options. People imagined that when a family arrived at a closed council dump at 5:05 on a Saturday, they left their waste nearby. This notion encouraged the belief that fly-tipping merely a boot full of boxes or a small amount of domestic waste, which doesn't tell the whole story. According to DEFRA, two-thirds of fly-tipping is a result of household waste. The problem exists firmly in both domestic and business settings.
For some, illegal dumping had become their primary source of income, and they are doing well. Unfortunately, companies have been duped by shady waste management firms who dispose of waste illegally. By assuming they were working with professional waste companies, business owners have been landed with huge fines. In the UK, penalties can be doled out to the sum of £50,000, which is quite the deterrent.
What are the effects of illegal-dumping?
Again, in recent years people have started to note the real effects of negligent waste management. On a small scale, we often remark how food wrappers and other small pieces of waste stain parks and beaches. Fly-tipping ups this negative ante and can have adverse long-term effects in rural and urban settings. In cities and towns, when one business chooses to neglect their waste duties, it poses a risk to nearby shops. Fines for infestations resulting from negligent waste controls have been as high as £19,000.
In a rural setting, fly-tipping creates a different set of problems. The pollution created has been associated with sullying water supplies and harming wildlife. It can also be difficult for councils to tackle the issue in remote areas, allowing illegal waste companies to dump large volumes of waste unchecked.
How are councils addressing waste management?
Well, love it or loathe it, social media has a part to play here. Some councils have taken to YouTube, posting videos of people throwing rubbish into makeshift dumping grounds. By shaming individuals within their local community, the council damages the business caught in the act and discourages others from taking part. Increased spending on the problem has helped, and it is more than justifiable.
In Northern Ireland alone, fly tipping costs £500,000 annually. This figure could help employ 12 additional nurses in the region or save the worst affected councils almost £20 per ratepayer.
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