Fly-tipping incidents fall across West Midlands - The Solihull Observer

Fly-tipping incidents fall across West Midlands

Solihull Editorial 8th Mar, 2023   0

THE NUMBER of fly-tipping incidents in the West Midlands has fallen, new figures have revealed.

According to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), a total of 83,547 fly-tipping incidents were recorded across the region in 2021/22.

This was down from 90,585 in the previous year.

In Solihull there were 3,537 incidents and in Coventry there were 8,473 cases.

As well as posing significant and environmental health risks, fly-tipping can be a legal and financial burden.

While local authorities will pay the clean-up costs of clearing waste from public land, farmers and other landowners have responsibility for cleaning and removing waste from private land.

Failure to comply can result in prosecution.

In the wake of government findings, a rural insurance specialist is calling on landowners to double down on their efforts to keep environmental criminals at bay in a bid to maintain the positive trend.

Freddie Hamilton-Russell, of rural insurance broker, Lycetts, said: “The figures are very encouraging, but it is important that landowners continue to remain vigilant if the downward trajectory is to continue.

“Making it difficult for environmental criminals to access land is one of the most effective preventative measures you can take.

“Gates should be locked when not in use, fences should be in a good state of repair and hedges should be cut back to allow good visibility for property owners.

“Fly-tippers tend to operate under cover of darkness, so exterior lighting should be installed, if possible. Security cameras can also be an effective deterrent, and can help secure successful prosecutions.”


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