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The impact of fly tipping

The Environment Agency estimates incidents of fly tipping nationally each year cost between £100 million and £150 million for local authorities to clear up. This is money that could be better spent elsewhere and residents are bearing the cost of the clearance of rubbish that is dumped by inconsiderate, anti social householders and traders.

Fly tipping also has environmental and health implications. The uncontrolled dumping can present a hazard to people and animals from items such as drums of toxic waste, asbestos sheeting, syringes and unused drugs. Depending on the nature of the waste and its location there can also be water and soil pollution.

Fly tipping undermines legitimate businesses involved in waste management activities. Licensed operators have to charge more because they have invested in training and registration to comply with the law.