Incidents involving the dumping of waste in streets, parks and in rural areas now add up to nearly 1 million per year
A ‘tidal wave’ of fly deposits has engulfed England after environmental threats rose nearly 20 percent in a decade.
The number of reported incidents involving the dumping of waste in streets, parks and in rural areas is now close to 1 million per year.
Due to the tidal wave, cities, towns and villages have to contend with things like discarded refrigerators, mattresses and even hazardous waste.
The three men were caught red-handed as they emptied the rubble and equipment on a quiet country lane on the Ugbrooke estate by a neighbor who was storing her chickens.
The cost of cleaning up the mess for the struggling local authorities over the past decade has been at least £ 250 million.
Shockingly, flying with asbestos and clinical waste is reaching its highest level in four years.
The Mail has long campaigned against the threat of litter and supports the annual Great British Spring Clean campaign.
The fly-tipping figures were uncovered by Labor, which said the number of incidents recorded since the Conservatives took office in 2010 has exceeded 9 million.
In the first year of David Cameron’s coalition government in 2010-2011, the total number of reported incidents was 819,571. This rose to 975,631 in 2019-2020, an increase of 19 percent. In the past ten years, the total number reached 9,040,687.
Separate figures show how much municipalities have had to pay for remediation. £ 36.6 million was spent in 2012-13, increasing to £ 58 million in 2016-17 – a total of £ 240.7 million over the period.
No figures have been collected since that date, but assuming cleanup costs remained £ 58 million a year, the total has exceeded £ 400 million over the decade.
Kate Hollern, spokesman for the Labor local government, said: “Among the Conservatives, 9 million fly-tips have destroyed our streets since coming to power.”
She insisted that city clerk Robert Jenrick “ break the promise he made to be ‘behind’ councils and instead step back as a tidal wave of fly-tips, including fridges, mattresses and hazardous waste, will rot away. while offenders go unpunished.
‘The conservatives have eroded public finances and weakened the foundations of our country. A vote for Labor [in elections] there will be a vote in May to rebuild the foundations of our economy and restore pride in our cities. ‘
Labor said councils are struggling to cover rising costs after a decade of austerity measures and the fallout from the pandemic. The party said there was a funding gap of £ 13 million in waste budgets and £ 37 million in enforcement costs in the past fiscal year alone.
It warned that this funding gap could leave municipalities without the resources to tackle fly-tipping for up to two years as they are forced to scale back their services.
Labor said additional spending of £ 119 million per year is needed to enforce existing fly-tipping rules and issue fines.
Last night, a Tory spokesman said, “ The fact is that the last Labor government has done nothing to address the issues of fly-fipping and it is this Conservative government that has increased enforcement powers and made new offenses to keep guessing. help tackle the problem.
“The Labor investigation conveniently omits that the areas of the country with the highest incidents of fly-tipping are all Labor-run councils.”
This year’s Great British Spring Clean, hosted by Keep Britain Tidy and supported by the Mail, starts on May 28 and runs through June 13.
Moment woman confronts three dump trucks caught dumping construction waste at Devon beauty spot and shames them for loading it back into their truck
- Three men were caught red-handed emptying debris on a quiet country road
- Neighbor Ella ‘walked through them’ while filming and photographing the suspects
- She also took the keys to their van and threatened to call the police
This is when a quick-thinking woman confronts three dump trucks dumping construction waste at a Devon beauty spot, before forcing them to reload it on their truck.
The men were caught red-handed as they emptied the rubble and materials on a quiet country road on the Ugbrooke estate by a neighbor who was putting her chickens away.
Ella, 29, who did not give her last name, said she ‘walked through them’ during filming and shooting and said they were so shocked they didn’t know what to do.
In the footage, Ella can be heard telling the group ‘you better pick that up’ before getting the keys out of their truck and threatening to call the police.
She said, ‘I was just closing my chickens when I heard a commotion and the gravel was poured out. I thought no one on the estate would work at 7pm in the evening?
‘I ran around and saw them throwing everything out so I got out my phone and ran over to them and started filming them and their faces.
“All this junk was everywhere – they must have disconnected the trailer to use the van to dump all the trash out. I then grabbed their car keys, which seemed like a wise thing to do at the time.
‘It was a bit stupid – a girl and three boys.
‘We get so much waste dumped there because it is quickly accessible from the highway. We get everything – random washing machines, everything. ‘
Ella said, ‘There was all that trash everywhere – they must have unplugged the trailer to use the van to get all the trash out’
Ella called her friend, who quickly arrived with some of his friends. The police were also called and arrived a short time later.
She spoke to the men who left the items, who insisted that they had tried to dump the rubbish at a local dump but found it closed.
They said they planned to come back the next day and collect the waste.
Despite being alone, Ella said she was determined to capture the incident on camera as fly tilting had become such a big deal in the area.
She added: ‘My grandfather was a police officer so I think I should pursue him. I wasn’t worried then – I was so angry I didn’t think.
‘Looking back, I was lucky because they were fiery and didn’t affect me.
‘They were completely shocked – I just went through them and filmed them all and they didn’t know what to do.
They weren’t nasty – they were apologetic. They picked it all up as soon as they saw me. ‘
Devon and Cornwall police said: ‘Police responded to reports of three men flying to a site near Chudleigh shortly after 8pm on Thursday 15 April. Three men have been reported for the incident ‘
Police told Ella that the men are unlikely to be prosecuted – despite being caught red-handed in front of the camera.
“The police told me it is very likely that it will not go to court,” she added.
‘They said in the eyes of the law, a police officer must see that they are actually committing the offense. They can just say they were just collecting the trash.
‘But you think I actually caught them in the act, it doesn’t make any sense.
“I said I’ve got it on film – it’s annoying because I can see it going far without getting the ball rolling myself.”
Devon and Cornwall police said: ‘Police responded to reports of three men flying to a site near Chudleigh shortly after 8pm on Thursday 15 April.
“Three men have been reported for the incident.”