Fly-tipping ‘tragedy’ as over 150 incidents reported in Broxtowe last year

Fly-tipped waste was discovered more than 150 times in Broxtowe last year, new figures show.
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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs figures reveal there were 180 fly-tipping incidents in Broxtowe in the year to March 2022 – though this was down from 183 the year before.

A significant amount of fly-tipping in the area last year was discovered on footpaths and bridleways (35 per cent) and on private or residential land (22 per cent).

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Of the discarded waste, the largest proportion was household waste (29 per cent) followed by commercial waste (21 per cent).

A significant amount of fly-tipping was discovered on footpaths and bridleways.A significant amount of fly-tipping was discovered on footpaths and bridleways.
A significant amount of fly-tipping was discovered on footpaths and bridleways.

The data also shows £2,140 was paid by councils on removing large incidents of fly-tipping in Broxtowe.

A council spokesperson said: “Broxtowe Borough Council asks that residents report any incident of fly-tipping across the borough through our website or call centre.

“Fly-tipping is a criminal offence, all reports are taken seriously and will be followed up and investigated accordingly.”

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Across England, 1.09 million fly-tipping incidents were recorded in 2021-22– a decrease of four per cent from the 1.14 million reported in 2020-21.

The cost of clearance to local authorities was £10.7 million last year.

Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy said the high level of fly-tipping seen across England is a ‘tragedy’ to the environment and to communities.

Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, Keep Britain Tidy chief executive, said: “A million-plus fly-tipping incidents illustrates just how little people understand about the impact their unwanted ‘stuff’ can have.”

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Ms Ogden-Newton said there must be a concerted effort to educate the public about their role in solving the problem. She added: “We need immediate and tough enforcement that targets the rogue traders who are making a fortune by breaking the law, raking in the cash and wrecking our environment.”

The Defra figures show about 91,000 fixed penalty notices were issued across England in 2021-22, an increase of 58 per cent from 2020-21. And the number of court fines nearly tripled from just 621 in 2021-21 to 1,798 last year.

David Renard, environment spokesperson for the Local Government Association, said fly-tipping is not just an eyesore for residents, but a serious environmental and public health risk.

Mr Renard added: “Councils are working tirelessly to counter the thousands of incidents every year and are determined to crack down on the problem."