Fly tipping cost Newport council £150k last year

South Wales Argus: (3355977) (3355977)

NEWPORT council has the third highest annual spend to clear up fly tipping out of the 22 Welsh authorities, spending just under £150,000 during the last financial year, according to a report.

In 2011 to 2012, the council spent £128,526 on clearing up fly tipping – waste dumped illegally instead of in an authorised rubbish dump.

But this figure dramatically rose in the last financial year to £149,791, according to a Welsh Government report, which is based on returns made to the Flycapture database of fly tipping incidents by local authorities in Wales.

The figures show these costs resulted from 1,982 separate fly tipping incidents in Newport in the 2012 to 2013 period.

Cardiff Council tops the list, spending £524,845 in the last financial year, followed by Rhondda Cynon Taff who spent £153,821 in the same period.

Across Wales, councils spent £1.8 million clearing up fly tipping in 2012/13. Household items are the highest source of fly tipping in Newport, with 898 incidents resulting from this in 2012 to 2013.

The second highest is household black bags of which there were 424 incidents in the same period. Figures show the majority of fly tipping occurs on the highway, with 1,300 incidents in 2012 to 2013, and there were 468 incidents of fly tipping on council land in the same period.

In Gwent, Blaenau Gwent has the lowest spend, of £15,646. Torfaen spent £21,121, Monmouthshire spent £21,420 and Caerphilly spent £ 92,358 in the same period. In the last five years, this has resulted in eight people in Newport receiving fines after prosecution. While in Caerphilly, 65 fines were issued in the same period after prosecution in comparison to Torfaen where eight people were fined.

A total of 23 people were fined in Blaenau Gwent and in Monmouthshire no fines were issued. In the last five years, 1,350 warning letters and 109 fixed penalty notices were issued for fly tipping offences within Newport.

The data is based on 12 separate monthly returns to the Flycapture database that all local authorities in Wales entered between April 2012 and March 2013.

A spokeswoman for Newport council said in the last few years there has been an increase in the cost of sending waste to landfill and there has been a rise in dealing with hazardous waste, such as asbestos, which is more expensive to process.

She said: “We have focused on education and engagement but we will continue to prosecute where appropriate.”

Visit newport.gov.uk/recycling for more information.

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7:08am Fri 10 Jan 14

keithbob says...

dont think this problem is ever going away especially now smaller bins are being forced on newport residents,strange idea really!
dont think this problem is ever going away especially now smaller bins are being forced on newport residents,strange idea really! keithbob
  • Score: 15

7:28am Fri 10 Jan 14

Ormygirl says...

It's gonna get worse now the bins are smaller as the poster above has said! The council really need to look at knock on effects of silly policies they put in place. I drive through St Brides lanes to Cardiff and on each bend was dumped rubbish very sad to see.
It's gonna get worse now the bins are smaller as the poster above has said! The council really need to look at knock on effects of silly policies they put in place. I drive through St Brides lanes to Cardiff and on each bend was dumped rubbish very sad to see. Ormygirl
  • Score: 10

9:05am Fri 10 Jan 14

Woodgnome says...

It's because the morons that fly tip know that they can get away with it and even if caught nothing much will happen in Newport. Until Newport gets tough it will carry on. All Newport's neighbours are toughening up so the City is an easy touch.
It's because the morons that fly tip know that they can get away with it and even if caught nothing much will happen in Newport. Until Newport gets tough it will carry on. All Newport's neighbours are toughening up so the City is an easy touch. Woodgnome
  • Score: 4

9:27am Fri 10 Jan 14

_Bryan_ says...

Smaller bins, reduced collection times and civic amenities that only seem to be open when the average person is at work. Any wonder that there has been an increase in fly tipping? Expect next year's figures to be even higher
Smaller bins, reduced collection times and civic amenities that only seem to be open when the average person is at work. Any wonder that there has been an increase in fly tipping? Expect next year's figures to be even higher _Bryan_
  • Score: 7

9:57am Fri 10 Jan 14

willow181 says...

Did not think I would ever comment this but imagine how much more the cost would be if the washing machines etc and scrap metal was not being picked up by those individuals with there pick up trucks driving through our streets ? Mind you the councils proposed bag for cardboard and grass cuttings looks like a mistake I love my orange top bin I also love a visit to the local tip as long as its a weekday, so I think next years headline will read with a figure much higher than this one but hopefully we don't hit Cardiff off the top spot.
Did not think I would ever comment this but imagine how much more the cost would be if the washing machines etc and scrap metal was not being picked up by those individuals with there pick up trucks driving through our streets ? Mind you the councils proposed bag for cardboard and grass cuttings looks like a mistake I love my orange top bin I also love a visit to the local tip as long as its a weekday, so I think next years headline will read with a figure much higher than this one but hopefully we don't hit Cardiff off the top spot. willow181
  • Score: 2

11:33am Fri 10 Jan 14

blackandamber says...

It would help if the recycling facility allowed people to recycle and remove some of the petty restrictions they impose.
It would help if the recycling facility allowed people to recycle and remove some of the petty restrictions they impose. blackandamber
  • Score: 7

11:40am Fri 10 Jan 14

Bartlett1990 says...

This doesn't surprise me one bit, basically because of the factors mentioned above. The council is useless when it comes to recycling and waste disposal.
Just the other day I had a note through the front door saying my orange lid bin was not being collected as it was "contaminated" by which they were referring to a stray cardboard orange juice container. Instead of having the sense to move the one item into the green bin next to it, I am now stuck with a completely full orange lid bin for another two weeks. I might just go and fly tip like everyone else...
This doesn't surprise me one bit, basically because of the factors mentioned above. The council is useless when it comes to recycling and waste disposal. Just the other day I had a note through the front door saying my orange lid bin was not being collected as it was "contaminated" by which they were referring to a stray cardboard orange juice container. Instead of having the sense to move the one item into the green bin next to it, I am now stuck with a completely full orange lid bin for another two weeks. I might just go and fly tip like everyone else... Bartlett1990
  • Score: 6

1:12pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Thinking heads says...

The chuck it over fence and its not my problem is rife on parks. Railway land any open space . Call the council and thay say go to catch them in the act
never mind the tree are cut to fence level and pushed over in to the park it does not need sherlock to investigate. Fine them £1000 on the spot.
burning rubbish in the parks £1000 on the spot the council know where and who is responsible but don't act.
The chuck it over fence and its not my problem is rife on parks. Railway land any open space . Call the council and thay say go to catch them in the act never mind the tree are cut to fence level and pushed over in to the park it does not need sherlock to investigate. Fine them £1000 on the spot. burning rubbish in the parks £1000 on the spot the council know where and who is responsible but don't act. Thinking heads
  • Score: 1

1:56pm Fri 10 Jan 14

SussyW says...

Bartlett1990 wrote:
This doesn't surprise me one bit, basically because of the factors mentioned above. The council is useless when it comes to recycling and waste disposal.
Just the other day I had a note through the front door saying my orange lid bin was not being collected as it was "contaminated" by which they were referring to a stray cardboard orange juice container. Instead of having the sense to move the one item into the green bin next to it, I am now stuck with a completely full orange lid bin for another two weeks. I might just go and fly tip like everyone else...
This happened to me too!
[quote][p][bold]Bartlett1990[/bold] wrote: This doesn't surprise me one bit, basically because of the factors mentioned above. The council is useless when it comes to recycling and waste disposal. Just the other day I had a note through the front door saying my orange lid bin was not being collected as it was "contaminated" by which they were referring to a stray cardboard orange juice container. Instead of having the sense to move the one item into the green bin next to it, I am now stuck with a completely full orange lid bin for another two weeks. I might just go and fly tip like everyone else...[/p][/quote]This happened to me too! SussyW
  • Score: 3

6:34pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Bobevans says...

You pay Council tax and the council are supposed to by law collect household waste. Newport Council does its very best to avoid collecting household waste it also does its very best to make it almost impossible to get to the tip when it is open. The silly new bins are only suitable for single person household and most households cannot get their rubbish in them so what are they supposed to do particularly if they do not have a car. Many are left with no option other than to fly tip
You pay Council tax and the council are supposed to by law collect household waste. Newport Council does its very best to avoid collecting household waste it also does its very best to make it almost impossible to get to the tip when it is open. The silly new bins are only suitable for single person household and most households cannot get their rubbish in them so what are they supposed to do particularly if they do not have a car. Many are left with no option other than to fly tip Bobevans
  • Score: 2

10:00am Sat 11 Jan 14

DDDog1 says...

Ormygirl wrote:
It's gonna get worse now the bins are smaller as the poster above has said! The council really need to look at knock on effects of silly policies they put in place. I drive through St Brides lanes to Cardiff and on each bend was dumped rubbish very sad to see.
Nothing to do with the gypsy camp down the end of the lane then and I suppose that old caravan I saw alight down there a few years ago had nothing to do with them either ?
[quote][p][bold]Ormygirl[/bold] wrote: It's gonna get worse now the bins are smaller as the poster above has said! The council really need to look at knock on effects of silly policies they put in place. I drive through St Brides lanes to Cardiff and on each bend was dumped rubbish very sad to see.[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with the gypsy camp down the end of the lane then and I suppose that old caravan I saw alight down there a few years ago had nothing to do with them either ? DDDog1
  • Score: 2

10:06am Sat 11 Jan 14

DDDog1 says...

willow181 wrote:
Did not think I would ever comment this but imagine how much more the cost would be if the washing machines etc and scrap metal was not being picked up by those individuals with there pick up trucks driving through our streets ? Mind you the councils proposed bag for cardboard and grass cuttings looks like a mistake I love my orange top bin I also love a visit to the local tip as long as its a weekday, so I think next years headline will read with a figure much higher than this one but hopefully we don't hit Cardiff off the top spot.
You drive through magor on collection day and all the cardboard is in one bag and plastic and tins in others ,it's not blowing down the streets like it is in newport because of iresponsible people overfilling their boxes
[quote][p][bold]willow181[/bold] wrote: Did not think I would ever comment this but imagine how much more the cost would be if the washing machines etc and scrap metal was not being picked up by those individuals with there pick up trucks driving through our streets ? Mind you the councils proposed bag for cardboard and grass cuttings looks like a mistake I love my orange top bin I also love a visit to the local tip as long as its a weekday, so I think next years headline will read with a figure much higher than this one but hopefully we don't hit Cardiff off the top spot.[/p][/quote]You drive through magor on collection day and all the cardboard is in one bag and plastic and tins in others ,it's not blowing down the streets like it is in newport because of iresponsible people overfilling their boxes DDDog1
  • Score: -1

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