Fly tipping in Wales has fallen by 24% over the past four years according to the latest figures collected by national online rubbish dumping database Flycapture.
Between 2006/7 and 2010/11 recorded fly tipping incidents fell from 54,841 to 41,750. The drop has also seen the cost of clean-up fall by 21%.
This is the third consecutive fall in a row and the reduction is being credited in part to the work of ‘Fly-tipping Action Wales’ – a consortium of 40 organisations set and funded by the Welsh Government.
Welsh environment minister John Griffiths said: “There is still work to be done to secure a long term reduction in fly-tipping. The illegal action of the minority is damaging to the environment, supporting organised crime and affects the quality of life in our communities. Fly-tipping often leads to more serious social problems and is a burden on the taxpayer in terms of clean-up costs.”
Fly-tipping Action Wales, all-Wales coordinator Pippa Sabine said: “All of our partner agencies have worked together to tackle fly-tippers which has made a massive contribution towards achieving this result, but prevention is always better than cure.
“We’re all responsible for our waste, so the advice we’d give to everyone is to always ask where your waste is going. If you’re using a tradesperson to get rid of your waste, we encourage people to make sure they’re registered as a waste carrier with Environment Agency Wales.”
Flycapture was set up in 2004 by Defra, the Welsh Government, the Environment Agency Wales and the Local Government Association.