New data shows that fly-tipping by householders is now costing local authorities as much to clean up as waste dumped by organised waste criminals.
The latest data from the national fly-tipping database, Flycapture, shows that the cost of clearing up these small scale tips is now in excess of £2.5 million every month.Defra has therefore published a new guide illustrating some easy steps to help councils nip this form of fly-tipping in the bud. Councils are therefore being urged to tackle fly-tipping from the start of the waste generation rather than focussing all of their efforts on clearance. Currently 81 per cent of the costs involved in fly-tipping are spent on clearance, with prevention and enforcement accounting for just seven and 12 per cent respectively. Environment Minister, Ben Bradshaw, said: 'There needs to be more emphasis on preventing fly-tipping happening in the first place. Prevention, coupled with coming down hard on those who are caught fly-tipping, could help reduce the problem and save money.' The Defra good practice guide offers councils advice on how to redress the imbalance. It is based on the findings of a research project, by the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science, into the causes and incentives of fly-tipping. Related links:Today's top stories