In­crease in fly-tip­ping is not in­evitable

Evening Telegraph (First Edition) - - Uk World Today -

SOME folk seem to think Dundee City Coun­cil’s plans to in­crease the cost of up­lift­ing bulky items such as old so­fas will back­fire.

The feel­ing is that not many peo­ple will be pre­pared to shell out £23 to have up to six items col­lected by the coun­cil and that will in­evitably lead to an in­crease in fly-tip­ping.

I don’t fol­low that logic. Fly-tip­ping bulky items re­quires trans­port — so un­less you have to­tally an­ti­so­cial ten­dan­cies, why would you load up your old sofa and just dump it ran­domly when you could take it straight to the near­est re­cy­cling cen­tre?

Un­less, of course, you sim­ply dis­pose of your un­wanted items by dump­ing them on your own street or in your neigh­bour’s gar­den.

But rather than dump­ing old so­fas, cook­ers etc I would en­cour­age peo­ple to get in touch with one of the or­gan­i­sa­tions which can re­cy­cle old fur­ni­ture.

It won’t cost you any­thing, won’t clog up land­fill and could help a fam­ily in need.


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