UK facing "fly-tipping epidemic" with 1 million incidents in a year
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats
• Local authorities in England recorded 1,002,154 cases of fly-tipping in 2016-17, up 7% on the previous year. This is equivalent to 114 every hour.
• The estimated cost to the taxpayer for clearing up fly-tipping was £58 million, up 16% on the previous year
• The number of prosecutions for fly-tipping fell by a quarter to 1,602, compared to 2,135 the previous year
Wera Hobhouse MP, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Communities and Local Government, commented:
"Britain's fly-tipping epidemic is spiralling out of control.
"Our roads and countryside are being turned into rubbish dumps, costing the taxpayer millions, but too many fly-tippers are being let off the hook.
"The government needs to do more to ensure those responsible are brought to justice.
"Cash-strapped councils need more funding so they can increase bin collections and stop charging people to get rid of large household goods."