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UK facing "fly-tipping epidemic" with 1 million incidents in a year

October 24, 2017 12:08 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Wera Hobhouse (Chris McAndrew [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)• Local authorities in England recorded 1,002,154 cases of fly-tipping in 2016-17, up 7% on the previous year. This is equivalent to 114 every hour.

• The estimated cost to the taxpayer for clearing up fly-tipping was £58 million, up 16% on the previous year

• The number of prosecutions for fly-tipping fell by a quarter to 1,602, compared to 2,135 the previous year

Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government, commented:

"Britain's fly-tipping epidemic is spiralling out of control.

"Our roads and countryside are being turned into rubbish dumps, costing the taxpayer millions, but too many fly-tippers are being let off the hook.

"The government needs to do more to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.

"Cash-strapped councils need more funding so they can increase bin collections and stop charging people to get rid of large household goods."