Wherever you live you may well have been affected by fly tipping. Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It can be liquid or solid, one bag or larger quantities, lorry loads in fact.
If you’ve seen this, then you’re probably pretty annoyed. Not only does it make the area look ugly or run down, it can also be quite dangerous. It could contain hazardous material such as asbestos. It may contain hospital waste such as needles.
Fly tipping carries anything from a fixed penalty notice to up to 5 years in prison.
Local councils are responsible for dealing with such crimes using their existing prosecution powers. Just yesterday in Gateshead, a company director was fined £1000 for dumping building waste on a street.
It’s estimated that fly tipping on private land costs between £50m to £150m each year. Councils won’t pay for the clean up on private land but will investigate the issue.
A group has been set up to help tackle the issue. You can find them here, including details on how to prevent fly tipping in your area.