The scale of fly-tipping has been revealed in numbers showing everything for dead family pets to asbestos are being dumped all over the Welsh landscape costing £3m to the taxpayer each year to clean up.
The number breakdown in fly-tipping reveals that in one year there were over 300 animal carcasses that were illegally dumped across the nation and last year the fly-tipped material included things such as 480 discarded car pars, 14,200 black bags, over 200 drums of chemicals, fuel and oil, and over 100 separate amounts of asbestos.
Other things making the landscape look bleaker are over 1,300 deserted tyres, 2,400 bags of waste, over 1,800 white goods – including freezers and fridges that are part of over 50,000 incidents. The logic of fly-tipping was question by the director of Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, Peter Ogden when there is no cost to householders to deposit large bulky waste while collection is free in certain areas.
If you load lots of waste and then truck it to the countryside why not just go somewhere where it is accepted like a civic amenity. It is not only a debt to the countryside but one to all the investment into education that has gone on to try and encourage people to recycle in a more responsible and sympathetic way.
Figures show a decrease overall of over 13% in fly-tipping but Mr. Ogden said there has been a sharp increase in bulky and hazardous waste. The white goods like fridges and of course asbestos are noticed quite a bit and in some really truly bizarre locations. He said he was surprised as to how people got to the places to dump them.
Black bags are already collected in over half of the councils in Wales each fortnight instead of weekly to encourage people to recycle and the council in Cardiff is set to start the same. These kinds of steps will help to decrease fly-tipping. Waste disposal for a business is a necessary expense but some bogus waste carriers may offer cheaper rates.