Unfortunately there is no quick fix to stop fly-tipping. It has been a rising issue both locally and nationally over the last few years especially during the pandemic.

It’s not possible or practical to block off every potential fly-tipping spot, and even then it would only move the problem somewhere else, and wouldn’t solve the underlying criminal acts that these people think is acceptable.

The rise of fly-tipping nationally could be linked to landfill tax and the rising national cost to dispose of waste legally, some would say that all our waste sites should accept all waste and be open all the time. This would be fine but would cost significant sums of money and would open it up to those who currently dispose of their commercial waste legally to use the free service, taking business away from skip companies etc.… and adding considerable further cost to council taxpayers. Those that fly-tip generally have no intention of using proper channels of waste disposal.

I’m not going to lie to you and say that there is an easy fix to stop fly-tipping, as local authorities we need more powers, we can only fine up to £400, and in my eyes the courts are far too lenient with the fines and sentences they hand out to culprits.

I wrote to government prior to the pandemic in relation to fly-tipping. But in all honesty, the only way to tackle this head on is in collaboration with Local Authorities, Government, the courts, and the police.

I strongly encourage the people of Doncaster to report fly-tipping either online or by phone at the earliest opportunity to Doncaster Council, the sooner it is reported, the sooner officers can get out to investigate and clear it up.

Fly-tipping is a disgusting act of environmental vandalism, and I have a zero-tolerance approach. That is why as part of my budget for this year I have increased resources both for the enforcement and clean-up of fly-tipped waste.

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