Reports of fly-tipping drops in Somerset
FLY-TIPPING figures released by the government show incidents of the crime reported in Somerset dropped by 497.
Figures show a drop from 5,687 to 5,190 between 2011/12 and 2012/13.
All Somerset districts fell:
Mendip down 73 to 1,631
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Sedgemoor down 306 to 1,161
South Somerset down 5 to 1,659
Taunton Deane down 42 to 646
West Somerset down 71 to 93
Early indications for 2013/14 are that the positive trend in fewer fly-tips is continuing.
The improvement was first reported to the Somerset Waste Board four months ago in June, and follows a path previously predicted by board chairman Cllr Derek Yeomans.
The fall has coincided with greater efforts to deter fly-tippers, through new equipment, warning signs and further training for district enforcement officers, backed by Somerset County Council.
Somerset is also moving to reduce the fly-tipping 'supply' by urging residents and businesses to check if those removing rubbish – such as builders – have the correct waste carrier’s licence.
Cllr Yeomans said: “This fall in incidents is welcome but we still need to drive down the crime of fly-tipping, so I am pleased at the new efforts by district enforcement officers to deter criminals.
“But we are realistic that this is a hard crime to prevent, and a hard one to take to court, so we urge the public to be vigilant and report suspicious activity while staying safe.
“And to ensure your waste, domestic or business, is not fly-tipped, please ask anyone removing your rubbish – builders, gardeners and other tradespeople – for their waste carrier licence.”
Clearing up Somerset’s fly-tipping costs district councils a total of around £150,000 a year, with the County Council contributing about £36,000 in 2012/13.