Fly tipping increases by 100 per cent

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 June 2011




FLY tipping has doubled across the Sedgemoor District following changes to the opening hours of recycling centres.

Sedgemoor district council has collected data that have shown a 100 per cent increase in fly tipping across the whole area following changes made by Somerset County Council at the beginning of April.

The changes were made to save costs on the services which included opening times and new charges will apply to soil, hardcore, tyres and gas bottles.

Sedgemoor district spokesman, Claire Faun said: “There has been a 100 per cent increase since the opening hours of tips across the Sedgemoor district.

“We collect data at the end of every month for Defra, and we have found an increase in the last two months.

“The increase is across the whole of Sedgemoor and we are finding more rubbish such as tyres in lay bys.”

The average monthly number of fly-tips in Sedgemoor during 2010 to 2011 was 71. In April 2010 the figure stood at 79.

April’s figures this year showed 141 cases of fly tipping.

Nick Cater from Somerset Waste Partnership said: “What we have seen is an immediate increase in fly tipping as people get used to arrangements.

“Unfortunately people don’t realise it is illegal to fly tip.

“They arrive at the gates of a waste recycling centre and realise we are closed.

“They should take it away but they then throw it into the hedge and we urge everyone not to do it.”

It is a mixture of both commercial and domestic rubbish that is being dumped, which ends up costing the tax payer money.

Nick said: “When people dump stuff that could be recycled they end up in landfill sites because we don’t have the system in place for sorting it out.

“It ends up costing the tax payer about £75 per tonne.”

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