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Fly Tipping Rocketing
8:01am 31st March 2013
Fly tipping in Cornwall is rocketing.
Pirate FM has learnt the cost of clearing it up doubled last year.
Over 400,000 tonnes of rubbish was found dumped in the Duchy, setting taxpayers back a third of a million pounds.
Yvonne Lister from Imerys at Par says they have had a big problem on their land: "The money that is required to actually dispose of waste these days is expensive and therefore people are finding alternatives that are either free or cheaper."
"Every week we have a report generated of incidents. In this economic climate, as a business, we would much rather be spending our resources on our business rather than clearing people's rubbish. One fly tipping incident could cost hundreds of pounds. "
Last year rules at council tips were changed and the cost of getting rid of business waste went up. But
Steve Double, who is the portfolio holder for Environment, Waste and Shared Services, denies that is causing the problem: "Businesses are clearly trying to save as much money as they can and are unfortunately choosing to fly tip their waste rather than dispose of it properly. It's a national situation, fly tipping across the whole country has risen so it's not something that is unique to Cornwall."
He is urging us to report anyone we see in the act: "I'm not pretending it's cheap, it's not at all, but it's one of the costs of being a responsible business owner. This is a cost borne on the council by people operating illegally and this shouldn't be happening and the Cornish taxpayer shouldn't be footing the bill for this."
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