Throughout the global pandemic, we have seen many of our local council tips need to close. This has been due to staff shortages, social distancing, and the unprecedented volume of people wanting to dispose of their household waste.
Unfortunately, this has also led to a shocking increase in the number of fly-tipping cases that we’re currently witnessing in many areas of the UK.
Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste on any land or in water that is not licensed to accept it. It can have devastating effects on the environment. And is a serious criminal offense that can lead to prosecution.
You can learn more about fly-tipping and what you can do to prevent it below:
How Does Fly-Tipping Affect You?
Tipping bin bags full of waste, or bulky items such as sofas or fridge in your local area can make it look unappealing and run-down. An area with a declining local environment like this can then, in time, lead to a fall in property prices and could cause local businesses to suffer.
It can also cause major health and safety issues. Tipped waste can become a victim of arson. And some waste can also be very dangerous to people and wildlife.
Unfortunately, we also see some cases involving the tipping of hazardous waste such as asbestos or toxic wastes. This can be extremely serious and should be removed as safely as possible.
Fly-tipping also costs an estimated £86-186 million every year to investigate and clear up! With the cost falling to taxpayers and landowners.
What to Do If You’ve Been a Victim of Fly-Tipping?
If you witness fly-tipping, or you’ve been a victim of fly-tipping, then you’re able to report it on the National Government website.
If someone has tipped on your private land, however, it does mean that you are responsible for the safe disposal of it. You could get in touch with your local authority who can provide you with guidance on how best to dispose of it.
Likewise, you could get in touch directly with our waste management company, such as KCM, who can remove it for you safely and efficiently.
Before approaching any company, you should check that they are a licensed waste carrier. You can do this by calling the Environment Agency on 08708 506506.
How Can You Help Prevent Fly-Tipping?
Nearly two-thirds (62%) of fly-tipping cases come from household waste. So as a homeowner, when you have waste to remove, you can really do your bit to help prevent fly-tipping by ensuring it is disposed of by a licensed waste carrier.
You should do your research on the waste carrier beforehand. And perhaps even ask them what will happen to your waste. At KCM, we are completely transparent about where your waste will go and how we will recycle it.
If you have a business, then you should be in a contract with a reliable waste management company, such as KCM, who can remove your commercial waste safely. This will help keep external areas tidy so that they are less prone to fly-tipping. And will mean that your waste will be disposed of legally and recycled.
You should ensure that your premises are locked in the evenings and weekends. This will help anyone from being able to access your land for tipping. If you have bins on site, then you could also opt for lockable bins, to stop people from adding to your waste.
It’s also a good idea to have external signage and CCTV in operation to help deter any potential fly-tippers.
You can learn more about how you can prevent fly-tipping on The National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group.
How KCM Waste Management Can Help
By using KCM, you are safe in the knowledge that all waste collected is brought back to our fully licensed site to be recycled – and not tipped elsewhere.
We are proud to offer skip hire services for both our domestic and commercial customers nationwide. We also offer trade waste services for all of our commercial customers throughout South Yorkshire and the surrounding areas. Every single skip and bin brought back to our site is hand sorted to ensure all that can possibly be recycled is separated and processed.
Throughout the pandemic, our tipping site has remained open for the disposing of all waste. We are a licensed waste carrier and are proud that 94% of the waste we collect is recycled. We’re also authorised to dispose of any hazardous waste.
We can even provide a waste report. This gives our customers a paper trail of where their waste has gone and their recycling percentages. For larger jobs, we offer a free consultation and waste audit service, before and during a project to help keep costs to a minimum.