Increase in fly-tipping expected at Christmas

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ALTHOUGH fly-tipping is a year-round problem it becomes more so in December and January, according to a national rubbish clearance company.

AnyJunk, an on-demand rubbish clearance company says the festive period is a busy time of year for clearing out rubbish.

“There is a real spike in illegal tipping during the festive period,” said Jason Mohr, the founder of AnyJunk.

“The festive period is always a busy time of year for clearing out junk; before Christmas as householders look to create some extra space for guests and afterwards as they throw out things like old appliances and furniture that they’ve replaced during the January sales.”

He added there came with it a disproportionate increase in fly-tipping, possible due to council services being a bit slower over the holiday period or people trying to save a few pounds to pay for their Christmas presents. There are also several cowboy operators offering to clear waste at this time of year.

“Our message is always check to see whether your rubbish clearance company is licensed as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency,” said Mr Mohr.

The Environment Agency holds a national register of registered waste carriers that can be checked online at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/business/sectors/wastecarriers.aspx or call them on 08708 506506.

AnyJunk conducted research into fly-tipping using official figures obtained from councils under the Freedom of Information Act, studying illegal tipping in 148 council boroughs across the UK earlier this year.