Top 10 list: Councils reveal fly-tippers‘ worst excuses as clear-up costs rise 11 percent

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London, UK — A ‘top 10 list‘ of worst excuses given by fly-tippers has been compiled by councils and now published by the Local Government Association. The councils are being forced to spend nearly £50 million a year clearing fly-tipping waste up. LGA Environment spokesman Cllr Peter Box said: „The excuses some fly-tippers give when caught are laughable but for councils this issue is deadly serious. Councils are being forced to spend many millions on clearing up fly-tipping and taking enforcement action. At a time when councils have experienced substantial budget reductions, this is money which is being diverted from vital frontline services like caring for the elderly, and filling the nation’s potholes.“

The Joint Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, for example, comprising all the local authorities in the county, has secured 500 convictions in just over a decade. It is estimated this has resulted in net savings of around £2 million to the county council over the period, and up to a further million for the district councils, principally through reducing removal and disposal costs.

Almost 900,000 incidents a year

Councils now have to deal with almost 900,000 incidents every 12 months. Latest figures show the number of recorded incidents has risen by almost six per cent for 2014/15 compared with 2013/14, while the clear-up costs increased by 11 per cent. Councils are carrying out over half a million enforcement actions every year, costing almost £18 million.

In May (2016) new powers came into force allowing councils to issue on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) of up to £400 to help tackle small-scale fly-tipping, like dumping items such as pieces of broken furniture, old televisions and mattresses.

Nevertheless, every day fly-tippers are inventing new excuses for their malpractice. Or use old ones.

Here is the the top 10 list of excuses

  1. I paid a man with a van to take it
  2. I thought the green waste in the back of the van was on fire so I tipped it out, after I realised it wasn’t on fire I couldn’t put it back in the van as I had to collect my son from school!
  3. I met a man at the ‘dump‘ who said he wanted it – can’t think why he then dumped it;rather than taking it back to the ‘dump …
  4. I dropped my phone and there was so much rubbish in the car that I could hardly find it – I cleared the rubbish out so I could find the phone …
  5. My van was untidy and I needed to give my boss a lift so I cleared the rubbish out because I know he doesn’t like the van untidy …
  6. The waste fell off the back of my vehicle as I drove along …
  7. I saw other fly-tipped waste and thought the area was a recycling centre …
  8. It was my van, but I had lent it to this other man who is now not answering my calls … I think his name is Jim …
  9. I sold my vehicle to some people who were quite intimidating actually …
  10. I know the person who works on the tip and they don’t like me, so when I saw them working, I drove on …

Source: Local Government Association