Fly tipping is a serious issue, and over recent weeks we’ve witnessed an increase in people dumping unwanted items across the UK. Indeed, the Countryside Alliance has reported a 300% increase in some areas following the COVID-19 lockdown and closure of household waste and recycling centers.
Keeping kerb-side collections running is imperative for most local authorities, however in a bid to keep this vital service running, some recycling centres have temporarily shut.
The surge of fly tipping mountains appearing across the UK not only impacts local authorities, but also the emergency services – who are already stretched beyond their limits – as police are called upon to deal with and investigate fly tipping incidents. As well as being illegal, it also has a significant effect on wildlife, as animals can become trapped or injured by discarded unwanted goods.
The National Rural Crime Network has written to George Eustice, MP, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, asking him to ‘urgently consider’ the impact the pandemic is having on the UK’s rural communities.
As we all spend more time at home, it’s encouraging to see people keeping busy and undertaking overdue DIY projects or having a spring clean and clear out. Whilst these activities are laudable in terms of keeping people occupied, we are urging everyone to be sensible and store unwanted items at home, or keep them to one side until it is safe to dispose of them responsibly at a recycling and household waste centre.
We also call in the public to re-double their efforts to ensure that only items that can be recycled are placed in their recycling bins. Last week the British Metals Recycling Association released a reminder to households asking them not to dispose of waste electric and electrical equipment in their general waste of recycling bins.
We always appreciate the extra mile our clients, local authorities (and their residents) go to in order to practice good recycling habits so that we can get the very best out of the materials before they go on to be re-processed and re-purposed.
For more advice on recycling best practice, take a look at our Recycling Guide.