Keep Britain Tidy calls for action to stem the tide of illegal dumping

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Further to the new fly-tipping statistics that were released today, Thursday, 2 March, environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy said the figures "make for disturbing reading".

For the third year in a row the figures have increased and councils have reported more than 936,000 separate incidents, including a 6.5% increase in household waste fly-tips.

"The country is in the grip of a fly-tipping epidemic that is damaging our environment, damaging our communities and costing us millions of pounds to deal with," said Keep Britain Tidy chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton.

More than two thirds of fly-tips involve household waste and the number of white goods fly-tipped has more than tripled since 2012/13 to 48,674.

Keep Britain Tidy is now calling for action to be taken to stem the rising tide of illegal dumping.

Part of the charity’s new action plan on fly-tipping is the launch of a campaign #CrimeNotToCare this month which is designed to cut off the supply of waste that are being dumped indiscriminately across the country and to educate the public about their role and responsibilities when it comes to getting rid of their rubbish.

Ogden-Newton stated: “These statistics are shocking, but not surprising. Local authorities are fighting a daily battle with criminal fly-tippers who are making money by treating our country like a rubbish dump.

“We know that people do not want to live in places blighted by rubbish and this weekend hundreds of thousands of them will be taking direct action by rolling up their sleeves to take part in the Great British Spring Clean and do their bit to help the country clean up its act.

“Our Tipping Point action plan anticipated these statistics and provides a roadmap that we believe will turn the tide on fly-tipping,” added the chief executive.

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