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Keep Camp Hill Green and Beautiful

Camp Hill is a great place to live with lots of green spaces and a vibrant community.  However, that community produces waste whether it be general household rubbish or an old sofa, and it all has to be disposed of properly.

All householders have a legal responsibility to ensure that their rubbish and waste is disposed of properly.  Waste that isn’t disposed of properly can cause many problems, it ruins your enjoyment of the area where you live and it can be dangerous especially for children and animals.

Flytipping

The illegal dumping of larger waste items is called fly tipping.  Fly tipping can vary significantly.  It is different from just dropping litter in the street in that it involves the removal of waste from premises where it was produced with the deliberate aim of disposing of it unlawfully.

Why do People Flytip?

The causes of flytipping are many and varied as are the motivations of the perpetrators, although financial gain or saving is the most usual reason in the majority of cases.  However, a lack of waste disposal facilities or access to them, laziness and an attitude that someone else will clear up all the waste  all have a part to play.

Why is it Wrong to Flytip?

Flytipping is wrong for the following reasons:

  • It costs and estimated £86 million – £186 million every year to investigate and clean up.  The costs are met by taxpayers and private landlords.
  • Flytipping poses a threat to humans and wildlife, damages the environment and spoils our enjoyment of the towns and countryside.
  • Fly tipping undermines legitimate waste businesses where illegal operators undercut those operating within the law.  At the same time, the reputation of legal operators is undermined by rogue traders.
  • As a consequence of the affect it has on local environment quality, areas subject to repeated fly tipping may suffer declining property prices and local businesses may suffer as people stay away.

Littering

Of course there are smaller items being dropped on the street, most commonly items associated with smoking, eating or drinking.  This is classed as litter rather than fly tipping.

Much like flytipping litter doesn’t just spoil how things look – it can also be a health hazard.  Floor litter can attract rats and flies, which spread diseases.  Dog fouling in public areas (another form of litter) is a serious health risk.

Litter can also be lethal to wildlife.  For example, drinks left in discarded bottles often attract small animals like mice, which can squeeze into the bottles but may drown or be unable to climb the smooth, sloping surfaces to get out.  Discarded fishing lines can maim and kill water birds.  Plastic bags can look like food to cows, sheep, horses and marine life, but will kill if swallowed.

For information on how you can dispose of your litter and unwanted items considerately and legally look at the other items on the ‘Waste Matters’ tab above.