Thousands of fly-tipping incidents in Buckinghamshire
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Fly-tipped waste was discovered thousands of times in Buckinghamshire last year, new figures show.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs figures reveal there were 3,140 fly-tipping incidents in Buckinghamshire in the year to March 2022 – though this was down from 3,954 the year before.
A significant amount of fly-tipping in the area last year was discovered on highways (49%) and on council land (25%).
Of the discarded waste, the largest proportion was household waste (45%) followed by household black bin bags (13%).
The data also shows £33,930 was paid by councils on removing large incidents of fly-tipping in Buckinghamshire.
Across England, 1.09 million fly-tipping incidents were recorded in 2021-22– a decrease of 4% from the 1.14 million reported in 2020-21. The cost of clearance to local authorities was £10.7 million last year.
Allison Ogden-Newton OBE, Keep Britain Tidy chief executive, said: “A million plus fly-tipping incidents is a tragedy for the environment and communities and illustrates just how little people understand about the impact their unwanted ‘stuff’ can have."
Ms Ogden-Newton added there must be a concerted effort to educate the public about their role in solving the problem.“We need immediate and tough enforcement that targets the rogue traders who are making a fortune by breaking the law, raking in the cash and wrecking our environment," she added.
The Defra figures show about 91,000 fixed penalty notices were issued across England in 2021-22, an increase of 58% from 2020-21.
And the number of court fines nearly tripled from just 621 in 2021-21 to 1,798 last year.
The value of all fines was £840,000 in 2021-22, more than doubling the £330,000 from the year before.
Yet in Buckinghamshire, 56 fixed penalty notices were issued last year, up from 34 in 2020-21. And 28 fines were issued by courts in the year to March – a fall from 32 the year prior. The total value of fines was £26,454.
David Renard, environment spokesperson for the Local Government Association, said fly-tipping is not just an eyesore for residents, but a serious environmental and public health risk.
Mr Renard added: “Councils are working tirelessly to counter the thousands of incidents every year and are determined to crack down on the problem, so it is good to see that the number of enforcement actions has increased.
“However, penalties handed down from prosecution fail to match the severity of the offence committed. We continue to urge the Government to review sentencing guidelines for fly-tipping so that offenders are given bigger fines for more serious offences to act as a deterrent."
Last week a man was fined over £1,000 for fly-tipping in Taplow.
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