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Fly tipping: A modern day curse in Hertfordshire

Fly tipping is simply another term used to describe illegal dumping of all manner of waste material, it is also called fly dumping. Whatever term is used, it is the dumping of waste illegally instead of using an authorised method such as kerbside collection or using an authorised rubbish dump. It is the illegal deposit of any waste onto land, including waste dumped or tipped on a site with no licence to accept waste. Offenders include, local residents, construction and landscaping contractors, waste removers, scrap yard operators, and automobile and tire repair businesses. The man with a van rubbish removal service is a particular problem as many are not permitted to carry or legally dispose of waste commercially.

Plastics in fly tipping

More and more we are being told to use less plastic and many local authorities have banned the disposal of soft plastics such as bags in recycling bins. The result has been that many items of soft plastics have ended up being dumped illegally when they simply cannot be legally disposed of via the domestic collection.

Although soft plastics can often be disposed of in the general waste bin, large amounts such as the plastic that covers a new mattress for example, will fill an entire bin liner, preventing the other general waste from being disposed of. Sadly, the restrictions some local authorities are placing on home owners are causing a small minority of them to dump their soft plastics illegally.

Illegal dumping is typically distinguished from littering by the type and amount of material and or the manner in which it is discarded. An example of littering could be throwing a sweet wrapper on the ground. However, emptying a rubbish bin with no permission in a public or private area can be classified as illegal dumping.

The term fly tipping is derived from the verb tip, meaning to throw out of a vehicle, and on the fly, meaning on the wing. In short, to throw away waste carelessly or casually.

Types of materials dumped in Hertfordshire

Illegal dumping involves the unauthorized disposal of numerous types of waste. Typical materials dumped include building materials from construction sites, such as drywall, roofing shingles, lumber, brick and concrete. Other frequently dumped materials include vehicle parts, household appliances, household waste, furniture, yard scraps, and medical waste, the latter can present a genuine bio hazard.

Causes of illegal dumping in Hertfordshire

The actual reasons people illegally dump waste materials tend to vary; however, research indicates that lack of legal waste disposal options is a primary factor. A shortage of legal disposal options drives demand for waste removal service, increasing prices. Studies also have found unit pricing, which involves charging a set price per bag of waste thrown out, may contribute to illegal dumping. Although the intent of unit pricing is to encourage people to use other forms of waste disposal such as recycling and composting, people may turn to disposing of waste in unauthorized areas to save money. Additionally, weak enforcement of laws prohibiting illegal dumping and a lack of public awareness regarding the environmental, health, and economic dangers of illegal dumping contribute.

Local authorities introducing less frequent waste collections and dictating stricter controls on what they will accept from domestic collections has often been cited as a cause for the increase in this activity too.

A major problem has arisen where individuals offer a waste collection service to domestic property owners. It is vital to check for a valid waste carriers certificate as home owners will pay good money to have their waste collected and may be held liable if the waste can be identified and traced back to them if it is dumped illegaly.

The effects of illegal dumping or fly tipping in Hertfordshire

Effects of illegal dumping include health, environmental, and economic consequences. While legal waste disposal locations, such as landfill sites, are designed to contain waste and its byproducts from badly impacting the surrounding environment, illegal dumping areas do not typically incorporate the same safeguards. Due to this, illegal dumping may sometimes lead to pollution of the surrounding environment. Toxins or hazardous materials leaching soil and drinking water threaten the health of local residents. Additionally, illegal dump sites that catch fire pollute the air with toxic particles. Environmental pollution due to illegal dumping causes short term and long term health issues. Short term issues include asthma, congenital illnesses, stress and anxiety, headaches, dizziness and nausea, and eye and respiratory infections. Long term concerns include cancer and kidney, liver, respiratory, cardiovascular, brain, nervous, and lymphohematopoietic diseases. Beyond negative health outcomes due to pollution and toxic waste, illegal dumps pose a physical threat. Unstable piles of material and exposed nails threaten harm to humans, specifically children who may be attracted to illegal dumps as play areas.

Illegal dumps also attract rats, mice and insects. Tyres, a material frequently illegally disposed of as most areas ban their disposal in landfills, provide an ideal breeding ground for mosquitos due to stagnant water collected within the wheels. Mosquitos transfer life threatening diseases, such as encephalitis and West Nile virus, to humans.

Materials disposed of in illegal dumps, specifically tyres and electronic waste, are often very combustible. Outbreaks of fire at illegal dump sites can lead to woodland fires, causing erosion and destroying vital habitats to many native species of animals, fungi and plants.

Illegal dumping also negatively affects nearby property values. Unattractive and smelly piles of waste discourage commercial and residential developers from improving communities. Additionally, existing residents may lose interest in taking pride in their neighborhoods and before long, the entire area starts to look run down.

In addition to decreasing property values and, therefore, tax revenue for governments, illegal dumping costs governments millions of pounds in clean up bills. Here in the United Kingdom, the Environmental Protection Agency spends 100 to 150 million annually to investigate and clean up illegal dump sites.

How do we tackle illegal dumping in Hertfordshire

Efforts to combat illegal dumping vary in each situation as solutions are crafted with specific community dynamics in mind. However, common approaches include a combination of limiting access to illegal dumping sites, surveillance, enforcement, and increasing access to legal waste disposal opportunities.

Limit the fly tippers access

The majority of illegal dumpers carry out their waste disposal activity at night, as darkness helps them avoid detection. Installing lighting around known or potential illegal dumping sites deters the practice. Not all fly tipping happens at night though. A flat back tipper truck can shed its load in a country lane in a matter of seconds and be away before anyone has seen them. This is why the police will often stop and check the details of vehicles seen on a highway to be transporting large amounts of waste material.

Other methods of limiting access include re-landscaping and improving the appearance of illegal dump sites. Adding aesthetic amenities such as grass, flowers, and benches demonstrates that the site is well maintained, hopefully discouraging dumpers. Additionally, increasing community use of the area will adjust locals perception of the site from dumping ground to a valued open space.

Adding barriers such as fencing, rocks, locked gates, earth monds and concrete blocks prevents offenders from accessing dump sites with their vehicles, completely deterring illegal dumping or reducing the volume of disposed materials.

Increase surveillance and enforcement

Increasing the offenders risk of getting caught is also a way to combat illegal dumping. The most common way to accomplish this is through surveillance measures, such as video cameras. Camera footage can help the police and local authorities identify dumpers while also collecting data on peak dumping periods. Installation of fake cameras has also been shown to be a deterrent. Police patrols, and community surveillance are also options for increasing risk of detection. Police presence generally deters illegal activity, while community surveillance depends upon residents reporting known illegal dumpers to the police or council for a monetary reward.

Cities can implement periodic compliance campaigns, which involve randomly conducted crackdowns by police and environmental health officers from local authorities. Increased police patrols, anti dumping signage posted in known illegal disposal sites, random inspections of property, and publicity regarding convicted illegal dumpers and the use surveillance can deter illegal dumping.

Providing alternatives to fly tipping can also help

Removing the fly tippers reasons for disposing of waste illegally is also an option for local authorities. Offenders often dump waste this way to save money and time. Local authorities can offer free or subsidised waste services to residents to encourage legal waste disposal. If free and subsidised programs are not possible due to funding limitations, authorities must ensure affordability of waste disposal services. Offering alternate disposal options like recycling and compost centres is also recommended. Giving fines or assigning liability for clean up costs to those caught illegally disposing of waste can also act as a deterrent.

Combating illegal dumping also involves promoting legal waste disposal avenues. Offering Kerbside collection, skip hire and improving waste storage in high density residential areas provides residents with convenient waste disposal options. Communication of available services is important to the success of such programs. Offering similar accommodations for commercial and industrial waste generated by office buildings, restaurants, schools, and factories will also decrease instances of illegal fly tipping.

Local authorities can also combat illegal waste disposal by offering disposal options for materials and substances banned from landfill sites, such as tyres, toxic and hazardous waste, and medical waste.

Education about fly tipping in Hertfordshire

Local authorities can set up education campaigns to further reduce illegal dumping. They can inform residents and businesses of legal waste disposal avenues through mailed flyers, newspaper, TV and radio announcements, and posters. Posting signs near known illegal dumping sites can also help deter offenders.


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