Fly-tipping is up 300 per cent during coronavirus lockdown after closure of council tips and charity shops
- Analysis comes from the Universities of Southampton and Portsmouth
- Researchers said increase in illegal waste dumping has followed tip closures
- Increased food waste is also expected from the £1.9 billion worth of groceries stockpiled by panic-buyers at the start of crisis
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Fly-tipping has increased by 300 per cent during the Covid-19 lockdown, according to new analysis.
Researchers from the Universities of Southampton and Portsmouth said the increase in illegal waste dumping has followed the closure of almost all tips, while at the same time the number of DIY projects has increased by householders stuck at home.
The problem has also been worsened with nearly half of all local authority recycling services in the country having been stopped or reduced, and charity shops being closed and not able to take unwanted goods.
Fly-tipping has increased by 300 per cent during the Covid-19 lockdown, according to new analysis. (Darlington’s Mewburn Road Centre pictured)
The researchers also highlight that increased food waste is expected from the £1.9 billion worth of groceries stockpiled by panic-buyers at the start of the crisis.
And the increase in home deliveries is leading to a shortage of cardboard as many households are unable to recycle.
The researchers also point out that the environmental impact of the closures may be worsened with valuable resources having to be extracted that would normally have come from recyclables that have now ended up in landfill.
Professor Ian Williams, of the School of Engineering at the University of Southampton, said: ‘This pandemic has been a wake-up call to governments and the waste sector to ensure that supply chains and markets for recyclates are diverse and resilient.
‘Our current waste management system will need to evolve to be resilient to the impacts of these rare, extreme, global events to create a successful circular economy.’
Researchers from the Universities of Southampton and Portsmouth said the increase in illegal waste dumping has followed the closure of almost all tips. (A fly-tipping dumping ground in a disused road off the M4 in Newport, South Wales)
The closure of a majority of tips due to the coronavirus lockdown and social distancing guidelines has resulted in a spate of fly-tipping incidents in recent weeks.
Not only is fly-tipping illegal but it also means Britons are taking on non-essential travel to dump their rubbish, breaking Government orders to remain inside, risking further spread of the virus.
Sarah Lee of the Countryside Alliance said: ‘The images of fly tipping, though horrendous, are an all too familiar sight.
‘It shouldn’t need saying that driving to dump rubbish is not essential travel.
‘Not only are you committing an offence by littering, but you are also ignoring guidance that has been introduced to stop the spread of this dangerous virus.’
Fly tipping is defined as the illegal dumping of items.
Anyone found guilty of doing it could face a £400 fixed penalty notice or an unlimited fine.
However, according to the Countryside Alliance, only one in 600 incidents lead to a prosecution.
Between 2018 and 2019 there were more than one million instances of fly tipping in England, with clean-ups costing between £100million and £150million.
Source: Read Full Article