Taking pride in our communities

August 2015 - Press release

Results of Fly-tipping Action Wales' survey of Welsh residents


One third of people in Wales don't know where their waste is going, says Fly-tipping Action Wales.

 

A recent survey has found that one in three people in Wales still don't ask where their waste is going when using a tradesperson to remove their unwanted items.

Last year there were over 32,000 incidents of fly-tipping in Wales and two thirds of these incidents contained household waste. Fly-tipping Action Wales is calling on householders this summer to be more vigilant in the questions they ask when looking to get rid of their household waste.

Gary Evans, Programme Manager at Fly-tipping Action Wales said:

"If you are giving your waste to a tradesperson, always ask where they are taking your waste and check that they are a registered waste carrier by asking to see their waste carrier licence or checking with Natural Resources Wales. If you don't ask these questions and the waste is traced back to your home, you could be liable for a heavy fine.

We live in a beautiful part of the world and homeowners have a duty of care to ensure we keep our communities and national beauty spots clean and free from fly-tipping by disposing of their waste responsibly and legally. We also encourage members of the public to be our eyes and ears on the ground and report any incidents of fly-tipping to their local authority."

According to this year's national fly-tipping survey, despite nine in ten people seeing fly-tipping as a criminal offence, only six in ten people believe that it has an adverse affect on the tourism industry. With many national beauty spots across Wales being hit by fly-tipping, Mair Huws, Snowdonia National Park Authority's Head of Warden and Access Services, is encouraging members of the public to take pride in their community and think twice before fly-tipping.

She said:

"Snowdonia National Park is one of the leading tourist destinations in Wales, with approximately 4 million people visiting the park each year. However, fly-tipping could cause serious harm to the area. Fly-tipping is a drain on resources and costly to deal with but also an eyesore which detracts from Wales' stunning countryside.

If visitors and holidaymakers come to Snowdonia, the last thing they want to see is fly-tipping littering our beautiful landscape. Not only can it put them off from returning to the area but there is a good chance they will warn their friends and family from visiting, which can potentially have a major impact on local businesses reliant on the tourism trade."

For further advice and guidance on how to dispose of unwanted items legally and responsibly this summer, Fly-tipping Action Wales has produced a video called, 'Take pride in your community'.

We also organised a Thunderclap to help us spread the message about using a registered waste carrier. The Thunderclap gained 100 supporters who helped us achieve a social media reach of more than 120,000.

 

About Fly-tipping Action Wales

Fly-tipping Action Wales is a Welsh Government sponsored initiative which was established in 2007 to help tackle fly-tipping.

The all Wales partnership includes a range of more than 50 organisations working together, including the 22 Welsh Local Authorities, Natural Resources Wales, Keep Wales Tidy, the three National Park Authorities, Network Rail, Dŵr Cymru, the Fire Service and South Wales, North Wales, Gwent and Dyfed Powys Police Forces.

The initiative's ongoing collaborative work includes business engagement work; education and awareness raising work; community action and involvement; targeted publicity measures and enforcement work.


About fly-tipping & the partnership:

  • Fly-tipping is a serious environmental crime. It can carry heavy penalties and even imprisonment.
  • Your waste is your responsibility, whether you're a householder, a landlord or a company owner, there is a legal obligation to manage waste from your property safely.
  • One of the best ways the public can help in tackle fly-tipping is to use a Natural Resources Wales registered waste carrier and to always ask where your waste is going.
  • You can find the registered carriers in your area by visiting www.flytippingactionwales.org or by calling 08708 506 506.
  • Visit www.flytippingactionwales.org for further information or, follow @FtAW on Twitter or like Fly-tipping Action Wales on Facebook.

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