Friday 24 November 2017
New pressure on bin collections over shock fly-tipping figures.
Critics are calling for the Government to do more to bring offenders to justice over Britain's fly-tipping "epidemic" The shock figures, from Michael Gove's environment department, are up 7% on last year and the highest since 2008. It means councils have been left with a clean-up bill of £58m. Opposition MPs are blaming cuts in Government funding for town halls, which they claim has left councils cash-strapped and forced to empty bins fortnightly or even every three weeks. But Downing Street says while the Government supports "frequent and comprehensive bin collection" it is up to councils to decide how often they empty bins - and they have powers to tackle fly-tipping. The phasing out of weekly bin collections has been a contentious political issue since Tony Blair's Labour Government allowed councils to switch to fortnightly collections to encourage people to recycle. The new figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) reveal that in 2016-17, 56,000 of these fixed penalty notices were handed out by councils to people caught illegally dumping. Two-thirds of fly-tipping was the household waste, the figures also revealed. Typical examples included dumping bags of household waste, fridges and other white goods, along with building rubble, tyres, asbestos and even animal carcasses. The highest number of fly-tipping cases were in London boroughs and big cities such as Manchester and Liverpool.
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