The Liberal Democrats have called on the government to act to tackle Britain's "fly-tipping epidemic," as figures revealed fly-tipping incidents topped a million this year for the first time since 2008.
- 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.”
Chris Noyce, Liberal Democrat councillor for Rayners Lane said:
“Harrow has been particularly badly affected by fly-tipping — and the nuisance, smell, and vermin that go with it. This is not just a cosmetic problem; this is a quality of life issue for thousands of people living in Harrow”
In Harrow, the Liberal Democrats believe that the move to restrict access to the rubbish tip to residents only - and only if they remember to bring proof of residence - is likely to make this problem worse. In fact, we're campaigning to increase access to these sites, including opening up access to the Ruislip centre for local residents.