ARGUS COMMENT: Flytippers a disgrace

South Wales Argus: ARGUS COMMENT: Flytippers a disgrace ARGUS COMMENT: Flytippers a disgrace

IN JUST one year our local authorities in this south east corner of Wales have had to fork out £279,071 clearing up rubbish dumped illegally at roadsides and elsewhere.

That is a significant amount of money which could be much better spent elsewhere were it not for the minority of people who seem to think it is acceptable to dump their rubbish anywhere they see fit.

Across Wales the amount spent by councils in 2012-2013 ran to £1.8m.

What a sorry state of affairs.

At a time when local authorities are having to work really hard to find savings, trying their best not to affect frontline services, this sort of abuse must be really disheartening.

Newport city council had the third highest spend out of the 22 Welsh authorities with a massive clean-up bill of £149,791 in a year.

That is the result of having to deal with 1,982 separate fly tipping incidents in the city, which is an awful lot of people who seem to think this is acceptable.

There really is no excuse for such behaviour.

Fly-tipping is totally unjustifiable but we can understand why the number of prosecutions seems relatively low.

However, a campaign to do just that, might send out a warning to others that it is unacceptable - especially if the perpetrators were then made to pick up the bill for clearing up the mess they have left behind.

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1:22pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Thinking heads says...

Read my comment in letters the council now but do not act to many chefs not a nuff Indian's get it sorted you can not do the job from behind a desk get the men on the ground.
Read my comment in letters the council now but do not act to many chefs not a nuff Indian's get it sorted you can not do the job from behind a desk get the men on the ground. Thinking heads

5:02pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Bobevans says...

If Newport Council do there very best not to collect household rubbish and do their very best to maker the household tip as inaccessible as possible what do they expect out of desperation people dump their rubbish

They were told this would happen but they never listen
If Newport Council do there very best not to collect household rubbish and do their very best to maker the household tip as inaccessible as possible what do they expect out of desperation people dump their rubbish They were told this would happen but they never listen Bobevans

5:13pm Fri 10 Jan 14

DavidMclean says...

It's not helping that we have smaller bins forced on us. The old, bigger bins would be easily filled in the fortnight between collections. It's now a real pain because the average household generates too much waste for the smaller bins.

It's wrong to fly tip, but for people who don't feel guilty about it, shrinking the bins is only going to be an incentive to make them do it.
It's not helping that we have smaller bins forced on us. The old, bigger bins would be easily filled in the fortnight between collections. It's now a real pain because the average household generates too much waste for the smaller bins. It's wrong to fly tip, but for people who don't feel guilty about it, shrinking the bins is only going to be an incentive to make them do it. DavidMclean

9:55am Sat 11 Jan 14

DDDog1 says...

I've got some who live in my street,anything they don't want anymore they dump on the pavement outside,why don't the council employ someone to keep check on their houses anymore like the old days and fine these antisocial slobs.
I've got some who live in my street,anything they don't want anymore they dump on the pavement outside,why don't the council employ someone to keep check on their houses anymore like the old days and fine these antisocial slobs. DDDog1

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