What is the Impact of Fly-Tipping
It is a crime to illegally dump waste due to the negative effect that it can have on the environment. Syringes, chemical waste and other toxic wastes can present a risk to human health and can harm wildlife and farm animals. This might be from direct contact on the site of the fly tipped waste or by the waste getting into a nearby water source. Things like furniture and tyres can be a fire hazard in wooded areas.
The dumping of waste also affects the appeal of an area and can have a detrimental impact on future investment within that area. This criminal act can spoil our neighbourhoods and quality of life for children playing in these areas.
Cleaning up fly-tipped waste costs councils millions of pounds each year. Other organisations that also suffer these clear up costs are the Forestry Commission and the Highways Agency.
Fly – tipping undermines legitimate waste management companies who work responsibly to adhere to the letter of the law in disposing of commercial waste.
So-called “cowboy” companies that don’t follow the legislation leave themselves open to suffer extremely large fines and in the worst-case scenario a custodial sentence.
In England, Wales and Scotland the main legislation covering disposal of waste is the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA 1990)