Fly-tipping rise costs taxpayers thousands

Daily Echo: Fly-tipping rise costs taxpayers thousands Fly-tipping rise costs taxpayers thousands

THOUSANDS of pounds of taxpayers’ money has been spent on cleaning up the New Forest after a spate of illegal dumping.

In the past eight weeks the Forestry Commission has received 80 reports of waste being discarded in the countryside, including fridges, televisions and tyres.

Now Forestry bosses have joined forces with New Forest District Council to tackle the issue.

Gary North, the commission’s recreation manager, said the latest incidents had cost the organisation more than £11,000.

“We are being forced to spend time and resources on clearing and collection rather than investing in conservation activities,” he said.

“Fly-tipping is not only unsightly in such an area of natural beauty but it’s having to be resolved at the taxpayers’ expense.”

Mr North stressed that people who dump rubbish in the countryside were risking prosecution as well as causing damage to wildlife habitats.

Edward Heron, the council’s Cabinet member for environment , added: “The council spends about £60,000 each year of taxpayers’ money clearing up an average of 800 fly-tipping incidents in towns and villages.

“Residents should be aware that if they’re caught they could be prosecuted. Even those who let unregistered waste carriers dispose of their rubbish could find themselves in the firing line.”

A Forestry Commission spokesman said it was difficult to pinpoint the cause of the recent spike in fly-tipping.

She added: “I’ve been advised that from time to time there is a rise. The recent increase could be due to the high number of people visiting or using the Forest in the summer months.”

Anyone who witnesses flytipping should call police on 101 or contact the council through its new mobile app In Touch.

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3:07pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Georgem says...

Who'd have thought that blindly trying to pretend something was "someone else's problem" would have caused such a problem?
Who'd have thought that blindly trying to pretend something was "someone else's problem" would have caused such a problem? Georgem
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3:16pm Thu 6 Sep 12

sotonbusdriver says...

This problem will not simply go away....
There wasn't a big problem, when Councils who charge, taxes for waste collection, collected waste FREE...
But all too many charge extra fee's if you want large items, domestic appliances, etc collected these days...
After all years ago, you were allowed 2 bulk collections free, each year for up to items each time,,,,
Now they want £10+ for each and every item they collect, but they haven't reduced their Council Taxes, because of reductions of included services.....
NOTE TO COUNCILLORS:- Stop ripping off the voting public, with additional charges, that way you will not have to pay out more clearing up...
This problem will not simply go away.... There wasn't a big problem, when Councils who charge, taxes for waste collection, collected waste FREE... But all too many charge extra fee's if you want large items, domestic appliances, etc collected these days... After all years ago, you were allowed 2 bulk collections free, each year for up to items each time,,,, Now they want £10+ for each and every item they collect, but they haven't reduced their Council Taxes, because of reductions of included services..... NOTE TO COUNCILLORS:- Stop ripping off the voting public, with additional charges, that way you will not have to pay out more clearing up... sotonbusdriver
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3:21pm Thu 6 Sep 12

mtdiablo says...

Wasn't this article posted last month? Same picture as well...
Wasn't this article posted last month? Same picture as well... mtdiablo
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3:33pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Georgem says...

mtdiablo wrote:
Wasn't this article posted last month? Same picture as well...
Yep. That must be their stock "some rubbish, yesterday" photo.
[quote][p][bold]mtdiablo[/bold] wrote: Wasn't this article posted last month? Same picture as well...[/p][/quote]Yep. That must be their stock "some rubbish, yesterday" photo. Georgem
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3:35pm Thu 6 Sep 12

Georgem says...

sotonbusdriver wrote:
This problem will not simply go away....
There wasn't a big problem, when Councils who charge, taxes for waste collection, collected waste FREE...
But all too many charge extra fee's if you want large items, domestic appliances, etc collected these days...
After all years ago, you were allowed 2 bulk collections free, each year for up to items each time,,,,
Now they want £10+ for each and every item they collect, but they haven't reduced their Council Taxes, because of reductions of included services.....
NOTE TO COUNCILLORS:- Stop ripping off the voting public, with additional charges, that way you will not have to pay out more clearing up...
Also, getting rid of large items yourself is getting harder and harder. I'm quite happy to get hold of a van and take stuff to the dump myself, but turn up in a van these days and you're turned away, unless you've got a permit. It's ridiculous. I'm not surprised this sort of thing goes on.
[quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: This problem will not simply go away.... There wasn't a big problem, when Councils who charge, taxes for waste collection, collected waste FREE... But all too many charge extra fee's if you want large items, domestic appliances, etc collected these days... After all years ago, you were allowed 2 bulk collections free, each year for up to items each time,,,, Now they want £10+ for each and every item they collect, but they haven't reduced their Council Taxes, because of reductions of included services..... NOTE TO COUNCILLORS:- Stop ripping off the voting public, with additional charges, that way you will not have to pay out more clearing up...[/p][/quote]Also, getting rid of large items yourself is getting harder and harder. I'm quite happy to get hold of a van and take stuff to the dump myself, but turn up in a van these days and you're turned away, unless you've got a permit. It's ridiculous. I'm not surprised this sort of thing goes on. Georgem
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3:36pm Thu 6 Sep 12

The Wickham Man says...

sotonbusdriver wrote:
This problem will not simply go away....
There wasn't a big problem, when Councils who charge, taxes for waste collection, collected waste FREE...
But all too many charge extra fee's if you want large items, domestic appliances, etc collected these days...
After all years ago, you were allowed 2 bulk collections free, each year for up to items each time,,,,
Now they want £10+ for each and every item they collect, but they haven't reduced their Council Taxes, because of reductions of included services.....
NOTE TO COUNCILLORS:- Stop ripping off the voting public, with additional charges, that way you will not have to pay out more clearing up...
Totally agree but who's going to pay for all the diversity awareness officers and gender equality advisory counsellors? It's more important for you to have a deputy director of communications and a team of translators than have your rubbish collected.
[quote][p][bold]sotonbusdriver[/bold] wrote: This problem will not simply go away.... There wasn't a big problem, when Councils who charge, taxes for waste collection, collected waste FREE... But all too many charge extra fee's if you want large items, domestic appliances, etc collected these days... After all years ago, you were allowed 2 bulk collections free, each year for up to items each time,,,, Now they want £10+ for each and every item they collect, but they haven't reduced their Council Taxes, because of reductions of included services..... NOTE TO COUNCILLORS:- Stop ripping off the voting public, with additional charges, that way you will not have to pay out more clearing up...[/p][/quote]Totally agree but who's going to pay for all the diversity awareness officers and gender equality advisory counsellors? It's more important for you to have a deputy director of communications and a team of translators than have your rubbish collected. The Wickham Man
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8:57pm Thu 6 Sep 12

IronLady2010 says...

Maybe SCC could invest in a new vehicle ..... Whilst collecting green waste also collect other items in a seperate part of the truck.

Not sure if it's New Forest or Salisbury have a truck which has several compartments which they load different items into.

Green waste collection is a waste of money, they drive down our road every two weeks and collect at most from 2 houses.

Adjust the trucks and collect more variety of waste, then sell it on as scrap and bring in more money???
Maybe SCC could invest in a new vehicle ..... Whilst collecting green waste also collect other items in a seperate part of the truck. Not sure if it's New Forest or Salisbury have a truck which has several compartments which they load different items into. Green waste collection is a waste of money, they drive down our road every two weeks and collect at most from 2 houses. Adjust the trucks and collect more variety of waste, then sell it on as scrap and bring in more money??? IronLady2010
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11:54pm Thu 6 Sep 12

OSPREYSAINT says...

What's the going rate for tipping a bluebottle?
What's the going rate for tipping a bluebottle? OSPREYSAINT
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10:30am Fri 7 Sep 12

Georgem says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
What's the going rate for tipping a bluebottle?
You should be very careful around insects. I got stung by a bee last week. For fifty quid.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: What's the going rate for tipping a bluebottle?[/p][/quote]You should be very careful around insects. I got stung by a bee last week. For fifty quid. Georgem
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1:34pm Fri 7 Sep 12

AnyJunk says...

The number of fly-tips on public land actually reduced by 16% in the New Forest from 981 in 2010/11 to 821 in 2011/12 but it still cost the council £15,648 to clear it up. For more fly-tipping data, visit http://www.anyjunk.c
o.uk/fly-tipping
The number of fly-tips on public land actually reduced by 16% in the New Forest from 981 in 2010/11 to 821 in 2011/12 but it still cost the council £15,648 to clear it up. For more fly-tipping data, visit http://www.anyjunk.c o.uk/fly-tipping AnyJunk
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