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In 2018/19, local authorities in England alone dealt with more than one million fly-tipping incidents, with the clean-up costs running into tens of millions of pounds.
This is a huge problem that is only getting worse. Not only is fly-tipping a source of pollution, it presents a potential danger to public health as well as a hazard to wildlife and the environment.
It also undermines those legitimate waste businesses where unscrupulous operators undercut those operating within the law.
Each category of waste - from household and white goods to chemical drums and asbestos - brings with it a unique set of hazards and risks to those local authorities and the Environment Agency personnel who are tasked with any clear-up operation.
Other categories of waste include green waste, tyres, construction, demolition and excavational waste, vehicle parts, dead animals, oil, and clinical waste.
Fly-tipping is also costly for private landowners, including farmers, who potentially have to pay to clear up the waste from their land.
Restaurants, hotels and leisure facilities among others are not immune, all have large car parks that can become dumping grounds, the scale of Fly-Tipping also varies consisting of:
• A single or several black bin bags
• A car boot full
• A SWB van load
• A LWB van load
• A tipper lorry load
• Several multi loads