Litter and Fly Tipping

Coming clean on litter
Don't be a Litter bug logoMany people say the worst thing about the local environment is litter. And they’re right to be concerned. The facts show that the amount of rubbish blighting our public spaces and countryside is growing all the time. Here at Lytchett Minster and Upton Town Council  we are doing our best to keep your parish clean and tidy. But your help in this campaign is vital!  

It costs local authorities more than half a billion pounds each year to clear up litter. There has been a five-fold increase in the litter dropped in the UK since the 1960s, and an estimated 25 million tonnes is dropped each year. This is almost entirely made up of food and drink packaging and is as heavy as 62,500 jumbo jets. In 2007 over 69,000 animals were killed or injured by litter in Britain. Every weekend, 1.3 million pieces of rubbish are dropped on motorways and major trunk roads across England. Over a year, this adds up to an incredible 67.6 million pieces of rubbish, with a third of drivers admitting to throwing litter while on the road.

The costly problem of fly-tipping
Illegally depositing waste on land is commonly known as fly-tipping – from anything as small as a single bin bag upwards. It’s a form of anti-social behaviour that is spoiling our local environment and reducing civic pride. It can also lead to serious pollution of the environment and endanger human health. Local authorities estimated that the cost of clearing illegally dumped waste in 2006/07 was £73.7 million.

Culprits can be punished
On-the-spot fines of £75 can be issued for littering. If you see fly-tipping or littering occurring, take down all the information you can, (including the car registration, make and model details if a vehicle is involved) and report it immediately to the local police and/or your local authority.

The tidiness of all motorways and major trunk roads is the responsibility of the Highways Agency. Complaints about litter or fly-tipping can be made to the Highways Agency Information Line on
08457 50 40 30. If you see a driver throwing litter out of a car window, record the number plate and call the local police.

Responsibility for keeping England’s railways clean is split between Network Rail and the train operating companies. Network Rail manages all railway land in urban areas, land between the tracks and up to 100 metres from the end of the platform, and 17 key railway stations (see footnote for list). To report litter around any of these stations call Network Rail’s National Helpline on 08457 11 41 41.

The remaining 2,500 stations including <name of station> in/near our parish are managed by the train operating companies, who should be contacted directly – or speak to your guard or station staff at your destination.

Hazardous waste
The Environment Agency is responsible for policing large-scale incidents of fly-tipping (more than a lorry load), hazardous waste in drums, and waste dumped in a way that can cause human health problems or serious harm to the environment. Incidents can be reported 24 hours a day to the Environment Agency’s incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.  

The Environment Agency also investigates unregistered waste carriers and brokers. It’s your responsibility to ensure that waste from your property only goes to authorised waste disposal companies. If the carrier is unauthorised and caught (or your dumped waste is found and traced), you are liable to a £5,000 fine and clean-up costs. You can check whether your tradesman or skip hire is a registered waste carrier by calling the Environment Agency’s general enquiries on 08708 506 506.

Litter attracts more litter, so the problem just becomes worse. Please do your bit to help Lytchett Minster and Upton Town Council in the fight against litter and fly-tipping.   

Please note that Upton has a ‘Keep Upton Tidy (KUT)’ group who are working very hard to reduce the amount of litter and fly-tipping in Upton – please contact the office and we can put you in touch.

To find out more, visit www.cpre.org.uk/campaigns/stop-the-drop .

List of stations managed by Network Rail: Birmingham New Street; Edinburgh Waverley; Gatwick; Glasgow Central; Leeds; Liverpool Lime Street; London Bridge; London Cannon Street; London Charing Cross; London Euston; London Fenchurch Street; London King’s Cross; London Liverpool Street; London Paddington; London Victoria; London Waterloo; and Manchester Piccadilly.