Lat­est fig­ures re­veal thou­sands spent on clean-up costs

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by WILL BRADLEY wil­liam.bradley@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @GetSur­reyWill

NEW steps to tackle the rise in il­le­gal waste and fly-tip­ping have been an­nounced as it was re­vealed coun­cils in Bucks saw a steep in­crease in in­ci­dents and clear up costs.

Lat­est an­nual fig­ures from the Depart­ment for En­vi­ron­ment, Food & Ru­ral Af­fairs re­veal South Bucks had a to­tal num­ber of 566 fly tip­ping in­ci­dents re­ported by lo­cal author­i­ties in 2016/2017 to­talling £28,573 in clear­ance costs. This is an in­crease from 352 fly tip­ping in­ci­dents re­ported in 2012/2013.

In Chiltern 400 fly-tip­ping in­ci­dents were re­ported in 2016/2017 to­talling £29,478 in clear­ance costs.

New pow­ers to tackle the se­ri­ous prob­lem of waste crime will be granted, and fur­ther ac­tion opened for con­sul­ta­tion in a crack-down on il­le­gal sites, En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Therese Cof­fey an­nounced on Jan­uary 15 fol­low­ing the launch of the 25 Year En­vi­ron­ment Plan.

New pow­ers will be in­tro­duced for the En­vi­ron­ment Agency (EA) to lock the gates or block ac­cess to prob­lem waste sites to prevent thou­sands of tonnes of waste il­le­gally build­ing up.

En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Therese Cof­fey said: “Waste crime and fly-tip­ping blight our com­mu­ni­ties and spoil our coun­try­side, and we need de­ter­mined ac­tion to tackle it.

“These new pow­ers for the En­vi­ron­ment Agency will curb the rise of waste sites that con­tinue to op­er­ate out­side the law.

“But we must all take re­spon­si­bil­ity for our waste to make sure it does not end up in the hands of crim­i­nals who will wil­fully dump it.

“Our new con­sul­ta­tion looks more widely at the waste sec­tor and we are keen to hear from in­dus­try and the pub­lic how we can im­prove per­for­mance, tackle il­le­gal­ity and pro­tect our pre­cious en­vi­ron­ment.”

The gov­ern­ment has also launched a new con­sul­ta­tion to tackle crime and poor per­for­mance in the waste sec­tor.

Waste crime cost the English econ­omy more than £600m in 2015, in­clud­ing lost land­fill tax rev­enues and clean-up costs, and cre­ates se­vere prob­lems for peo­ple who live or work nearby with odour, dust, lit­ter, ver­min, fly in­fes­ta­tions, pol­lu­tion and fires blight­ing lives.

The new pow­ers for the EA to tackle prob­lem waste sites will be in­tro­duced by spring 2018, sub­ject to par­lia­men­tary ap­proval.

Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the En­vi­ron­ment Agency, said: “We take tough ac­tion against any­one in­volved in il­le­gal waste ac­tiv­ity and last year, the En­vi­ron­ment Agency closed down two il­le­gal waste sites ev­ery day. We wel­come these new pow­ers, which will en­able our teams to block ac­cess to prob­lem sites, pre­vent­ing il­le­gal waste build­ing up and be­com­ing even more se­ri­ous.”

Fly tip­ping in Ger­rards Cross in 2016, just one of many in­ci­dents across Bucks

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