Government must act now on flytipping


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.

[caption id="attachment_234" align="alignnone" width="225"] Fly-tipping in Harrow.[/caption]

  • 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.”

[caption id="attachment_235" align="alignleft" width="225"] Fly-tipping in Harrow.[/caption]

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.

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