Fly-tipping down for fifth year in a row
- Published on Tuesday, 18 December 2012 11:24
- Posted by Vicki Mitchem
Responding to the official statistics for fly-tipping in 2011-12 published today, Cllr Mike Jones, Chairman of the LGA's Environment and Housing Board, said:
"Not only does fly-tipping create an eyesore for residents, it also constitutes a serious public health risk, attracting rats and all sorts of other unwanted vermin. Councils therefore take illegal dumping extremely seriously and seek to prosecute offenders to the full extent of the law.
"Despite budgets having been reduced by Government, councils are continuing to find effective ways of tackling fly-tipping, sending a clear message to those responsible that they will be caught and punished for their selfish actions.
"Today's figures are proof that councils are winning the fight against fly-tippers. This is the fifth year in a row that incidents have fallen, with the number of reported cases now down by half a million since 2007. And by no coincidence the number of prosecutions for the worst offenders is up with almost all cases that make it to court resulting in a successful conviction.
"There is simply no excuse for anyone to dump waste illegally. Chasing down the culprits and clearing up their mess costs taxpayers tens of millions of pounds every year. Councils will continue to work with the Environment Agency, the police and the public to keep our streets safe, clean and free from the blight of fly-tipping."