Fly-tipping incidents on the rise in Babergh
There are more than five fly-tipping incidents every week on average in Babergh, figures show.
Data published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs revealed there were 270 fly-tipping incidents in Babergh in the 12 months to March.
This was an increase of 21 per cent from five years ago, when there were 224.
Across England, fly-tipping increased by 40 per cent over the same period.
Clearing up the rubbish and taking action against perpetrators is estimated to have cost Babergh District Council around £14,300 last year.
The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents local authorities, said councils were determined to “end the scourge” of fly-tipping.
“This new analysis shows the scale of the fly-tipping epidemic in this country,” said Martin Tett, LGA environment spokesman.
“Fly-tipping is unsightly and unacceptable environmental vandalism.
“It’s an absolute disgrace for anyone to think that they can use the environments in which our residents live as a repository for litter.”
Tipping incidents in Babergh most commonly involved volumes of waste that were the equivalent of a small van load.
However, the district is also seeing increasing numbers of large-scale tips, involving a lorry load of rubbish or more.
The most common type of waste dumped in Babergh was household waste, which accounted for 122 incidents, followed by construction or DIY waste and tyres.
The majority of fly-tipping sites – 52 per cent of them – were on roads.
Despite the rise in fly-tipping, the number of actions being taken against perpetrators in Babergh fell from 438 in 2012-13 to 66 last year.
These measures included launching 43 investigations, sending out seven warning letters and undertaking 10 inspections.
There were no prosecutions, however.