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Fly-tipping costing thousands and 'ruining parts of the countryside'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 07, 2012

Fly-tipping,  often made worse by vandals, like at this fire involving old tyres at Plymstock, is on the increase in parts of the Westcountry, according to latest figures

Fly-tipping, often made worse by vandals, like at this fire involving old tyres at Plymstock, is on the increase in parts of the Westcountry, according to latest figures

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Fly-tipping is ruining parts of the countryside while costing councils thousands of pounds to clean-up, according to new figures.

Statistics collected by Plymouth City Council rank the authority second in the table of shame in the South West while Cornwall Council's data comes third.

Plymouth's figure for 2010/11 was 3,792 showing 902 less than for the previous 12 months.

Similar recent figures for Cornwall reveal 3,144 cases indicating an increase of 493.

Councils across the rest of Devon reported a decrease in cases, apart from West Devon Borough Council, whose figures rose 41 to 327.

Thirty-six councils in the South West submitted data to Defra, which compiled the list.

Union leaders said more should be done to tackle the blight.

John Philips, GMB regional secretary, said "Not only is fly-tipping illegal but it is damaging to the environment.

"Two thirds of fly-tipping involves household rubbish and we believe it would make good economic sense to invest in more municipal waste and recycling centres to make it easier and cheaper for the public to dispose of waste properly.

"Some councils have redefined fly-tipping so that even five bin bags left on the street is classified as litter and not fly-tipping – this would explain why some of the figures are well down on the previous stats.

"However, local authorities also need to target fly-tipping to improve their policing of the problem.

"Secretary of State Eric Pickles should lead a campaign to clamp down on fly-tipping while allowing councils extra money to invest in better waste facilities."

Last year Plymouth Council spent £159,592 clearing up after fly-tippers – the majority of violations occurred in back lanes. A council spokesman said: "Some areas such as Mutley and Greenbank have significant problems with this at certain times of the year.

"We are in touch with landlords to make them aware of this problem, but this can be a recurring and frustrating problem."

Cornwall Council was last night not able to say how much it spent clearing-up after fly-tippers but a spokesman said: "There is no excuse for fly- tipping – the council provides a range of services that enable people to properly dispose of their waste including kerbside collections as well as Household Waste Recycling Centres where people can take their waste free of charge."

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  • sillybob  |  August 08 2012, 3:46PM

    well, when you got to pay to get rid of stuff what do you expect .......... it's only going to get worse.........

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  • JETHROQUEUE  |  August 07 2012, 9:09PM

    Despite paying my 'poll tax' when, at my own expense & to help out, I take stuff to the local tip I am obliged to queue up then be charged again to dump certain articles, some people are refused all together, is it any wonder people decide to not bother dumping at the official site but resort to fly tipping. I wonder which is the larger figure - the money made through charging at recyling centres or the money paid out to clean up after fly tippers. Why is it no one in authority can never spot the obvious.

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  • Doitdreckley  |  August 07 2012, 8:53PM

    The new refuse collection contract in Cornwall appears now not to take some bulkier items so this is a consequence.

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  • imalady  |  August 07 2012, 3:54PM

    Can anyone tell me if it is illegal to dump their garden green refuse in local woods. Because its going on big time where I live. Plymstock

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  • alicebluegown  |  August 07 2012, 3:28PM

    we put all our rubbish in black bin bags like you did years ago we got fed up of putting green boxes wheelie bins etc on the boundary line of your property for collection only for them not to be returned to your property but left yards and yards away after being emptied and having to walk quie a distance to retrieve them same with the garden waste the times the bags have not been returned when you phone up the council for replacement bags they say 28days or more and they never turn up so back to the days when everything went into the ordinary dustbin get rid of all the plastic bottles nappies etc problem solved

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  • EvaBrain  |  August 07 2012, 1:39PM

    Henryblince - I don't fly tip, but those who do find it cheaper. However your information is incorrect and you are only allowed 3 bags of household waste 'per visit'. Check your facts sunbeam. Some other waste you need to pay for.

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  • curleywurley1  |  August 07 2012, 1:37PM

    In Paignton you have a little man at the gate to the recycling centre being unfriendly and doing all he can to turn people away, that place seems to be set up to discourage local people from recycling. I have seen some pensioners upset and being turned away with their hedge trimmings! Even though it is wrong and there is no excuse, I can understand why people get fed up and just dump their rubbish anywhere. User friendly facilities would lessen the issue. I am sure it costs more in the long run to clear up fly tipping than not letting people in to dump their waste in a considerate and environmentally manner in the first instance. It's like trying to get into Camp Bastion sometimes at the Yalberton recycling site! Lighten up mate, and smile for gods sake!

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  • josdave  |  August 07 2012, 1:02PM

    As has been said there is no excuse for flytipping. Whatever gives these morons the right to turn areas of our towns, cities and countryside into eyesores? The fine should be so high as to act as a deterrent for as it is far too many of them see the fine, if they are caught, as cheaper than paying to dispose of it legally. Hit them really hard in the pocket and name and shame them and this might act as some sort of deterrent to others.

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  • henryblince  |  August 07 2012, 11:52AM

    @EvaBrain: You can tip more than 3 bags but the excess isn't free. God forbid that you should have to pay for something.

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  • marc1964  |  August 07 2012, 11:45AM

    Have they also not noticed the amout of tipped rubbish around traveler camps and when they leave the amount of tipped rubbish in and around the area they have squated. Last year when i was doing work on the house tinkers knocked on an offered to take the building waste away at a third less of the cost of my lowest bidder. I did not go with them as i knew it would end up being tipped. Start charging them council tax etc when ever they descend just to cover the cost of there rubbish collection. No other EU counrty would put up with it ???

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