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South West Wiltshire Liberal Democrats

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More fly tipping in Wiltshire

June 13, 2016 10:30 PM

Following Wiltshire Conservatives' decision to cut the opening hours of our recycling centres and to impose charges for garden waste collections, incidents of fly tipping are on the rise. Here's an extract from a report to the WC 'cabinet':

"The final quarter of 2015/16 saw a rise in the number of fly tipping incidents reported. There were over 800 between the start of January and the end of March which was 10% higher than the same period in the previous year. During the whole of 2015/16 the relevant service dealt with a total of more than 2,700 reports of fly-tipping.

There has been an increase in the fly tipping of garden waste. However, the data in respect of this change suggests this is mainly waste of a commercial nature and not directly from households, based on the quantity of garden waste that is abandoned. There has also been a small increase in fly tipping of black sacks containing household waste and of white goods. Actions to reduce the number of incidents include increased proactive enforcement (camera surveillance) and increased joint working operations with the Police to intercept waste which is being transported illegally. In addition, the service will make full use of the new fly tipping fixed penalty notice."