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Crackdown after 55,000 fly-tipping incidents in Wales

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Su Fernandez, Environment Agency enforcement officer, shows the sort of rubbish which is being dumped

An environment partnership has launched a major crack down on illegal fly-tipping in Wales.

Figures suggest there were 55,000 incidents of people illegally dumping rubbish between April 2008 and March 2009, costing taxpayers around £3m.

Fly-tipping Action Wales's new website will advise people about how to get rid of their rubbish responsibly.

Environment minister Jane Davidson said fly-tipping was "unacceptable and a blight on our communities."

The campaign's aim is to highlight the scale of the problem and inform householders and businesses of their legal duty to get rid of their waste responsibly, said the partnership, which is sponsored by the Welsh Assembly Government and coordinated by Environment Agency Wales.

Householders using a builder, plumber, gardener or any other tradesperson to dispose of their waste should make sure that they are registered as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency, said Fly-tipping Action.

January is one of the worst months for fly-tipping incidents following Christmas clearouts.
Helen Jenkins, Fly-tipping Action Wales

A new website has been created to provide advice to people on where and how to get rid of waste and how to find a registered waste carrier.

Alternatively the public can call the Environment Agency on 08708 506 506.

Prosecutions

Forensic techniques and aerial surveillance are increasingly being used to help track down illegal dumpers.

A total of 72 prosecutions were made in Wales in 2008-9 with offenders facing fines of up to £50,000 and imprisonment.

Helen Jenkins, Fly-tipping Action Wales coordinator said: "We do not underestimate the scale of the problem in Wales and the difficult task we have to tackle it.

"January is one of the worst months for fly-tipping incidents following Christmas clearouts. We hope that people who are getting rid of their waste will make using a registered waste carrier one of their New Year's resolutions.

Environment Minister Jane Davidson, said: "It is time to finally stamp out fly-tipping in Wales. It is unacceptable and a blight on our communities.

"It costs councils across Wales millions of pounds each year to clean up.

"This is money that could be better spent on other local services. Each and every one of us has a role to play to make a difference."



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