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Flytipping on the increase

PUBLISHED: 10:08 07 June 2006 | UPDATED: 10:58 22 October 2010

SHAUN LOWTHORPE

Flytipping in Norfolk is on the increase, and household bin bags account for the biggest piles of dumped rubbish. Figures compiled by each district council in Norfolk for the Environment Agency's Flycapture database show that there were 15,000 reported cases in 2005/06 - up by 1,000 from the previous 12 months.

Flytipping in Norfolk is on the increase, and household bin bags account for the biggest piles of dumped rubbish.

Figures compiled by each district council in Norfolk for the Environment Agency's Flycapture database show that there were 15,000 reported cases in 2005/06 - up by 1,000 from the previous 12 months.

Dumping costs council taxpayers £900,000 and Mark Allen, waste resource manager at Norfolk County Council, said the biggest problem was bin bags full of household waste.

"The thing that leaps out to me is that 60pc is black bag household waste for which there is a completely free collection service," he said.

"It makes you wonder why it has been flytipped.

"Maybe people are putting their rubbish out too late for collection, but 15,000 incidents is 15,000 too many."

Other types of dumping were commercial waste - 12pc, construction and excavation 6pc, and white goods such as washing machines also 6pc. Green waste was 4pc of the total, tyres were 3pc and car parts amounted to 2pc.

The database was created two years ago and Mr Allen said he wanted another year's worth of figures to enable him to pinpoint any trends.

"It might be that the reporting has got better," he added. "Before that we had no data on flytipping apart from anecdotal evidence. So it's an encouraging step forward because at least we can see what's happening out there."


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