The UK woodland charity experiences worst year on record for fly-tipping incidents on its land
The UK’s largest woodland conservation charity, the Woodland Trust, has said that 2016 was the worst year on record for fly-tipping incidents on its woodland and surrounding areas.
Last year, the Woodland Trust cleared up 196 incidents of fly-tipping, costing a total of £42,596. Altogether, the trust spent a total of £354,000 clearing up all incidents of littering and fly-tipping in 2016.
This amounts to an increase in waste clearance costs of £162,000 compared to the previous year, when Woodland Trust spent £192,000 on littering and fly-tipping incidents.
The charity has been forced to attend fly-tipping incidents ranging from huge piles of general household waste, and DIY waste, to more unusual items, such as a snooker table, paddling pool and a burnt-out council-provided bin.
A newly planted woodland and meadow area in Theydon Bois, Essex, has been plagued by the constant dumping of large amounts of waste.
The Woodland Trust owns over 1,000 woods, equalling around 55,600 acres, in the UK. Due to this vast amount of land for which the trust is responsible, it is difficult to police fly-tipping and the solution of installing CCTV throughout its woodland is out of the question due to the costs involved.
Norman Starks, Woodland Trust UK operations director, commented: “At the end of the day flytipping is an illegal activity, and people need to understand and remember that it has numerous implications for our woods and wildlife. We all need to care for our natural environment or risk ruining it forever.”
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