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Seeing general rubbish by the side of a road or in a layby, you would generally think that it was some lazy person who has just thrown it out of their car window whilst on the move. However, when you come face to face with a scene of extreme fly tipping as we have seen recently, it does stop you in your tracks and to contemplate why people do it?
In an area of outstanding natural beauty with wildlife and livestock in abundance, it does make you emotional, frustrated and then angry to see tonnes of rubbish ranging from asbestos, gas bottles, construction waste and white goods being abandoned in such beautiful areas of the countryside.
“Fly-tipping is on the rise again, with the number of incidents up for the third year in a row, official figures show. Councils across England reported 936,090 cases of fly-tipping in 2015/2016, up 4% on the previous year, the data from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) reveals. Clearing up the fly-tipped rubbish cost councils £49.8m.”
The Guardian News
So why do people do it? Some would say it is because of the increasing restrictions at local amenity facilities where in many cases the general public now have to pay for waste to be disposed of such as construction waste, plasterboard and asbestos. Having been involved in the waste industry for over 50 years, BKP Waste & Recycling along with other waste management companies have worked hard to source alternative routes for various wastestreams; preventing disposal at landfill and encouraging recycling where possible. So really there is no excuse. But let’s be realistic about this, fly tipping is more commonly attributed by rogue tradesmen who charge unsuspecting clients for so called safe, legal disposal of their waste and once collected, they will find a quiet lane, field or layby to tip the waste at no charge to them!
However, manufacturers and suppliers are fighting back by using smart data tagging, barcoding and recording of their products when sold; enabling traceability throughout its lifespan. Common fly tip locations are now being CCTV monitored and when captured, the offenders as well as the waste producers are being fined heavily and in severe cases, face imprisonment.
For those who manage to get away with it, sadly it is left to the local councils to arrange and pay for the removal of these eyesores; running in to hundreds of thousands of pounds per annum which is ultimately paid for by us, the taxpayers.
So what happens when BKP are employed to clear up a fly tip case?
We offer an in-house total service where trained chemists and operatives can attend site, sample and identify the wastes, package the items for secure transit, document the correct paperwork to enable the items to be collected and transported to a licensed treatment facility or transfer station for safe storage; all in accordance with legislative guidelines.
Also, to comply with our company’s Environmental Policy, where possible every item is either treated, reprocessed, or recycled before considering the final disposal route; landfill. Backed by all the necessary licences, permits, Risk Assessments and Method statements as well as their ISO accreditations, BKP are a knowledgeable and reliable company you can trust to do the job properly first time.
Detailed reports are always provided to our clients showing before and after photos of the site along with completed EA documentation confirming that the hazardous waste has been professionally and legally handled correctly for future reference.
If you are encountering fly tipped waste within your area and you need assistance on an ad hoc or regular basis, give BKP Waste & Recycling a call and one of their trained staff will be happy to discuss your requirements with you. We can be contacted by telephone or visit our website for further information.
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