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Fly tipping in Canterbury rises by 23%

April 11, 2013 11:31 AM
Mike Sole with flytipped sofa

Mike Sole wants this to stop

Figures uncovered by Mike Sole, Liberal Democrat Candidate for Canterbury South East indicate that fly tipping has increased by 23% in the Canterbury District. Mike Sole said, "I had noticed an increase in rubbish dumped in our countryside and statistics provided by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) back up this anecdotal evidence." Data gathered at the end of last year shows incidents in Canterbury District increased from 1,373 to 1,685. "Significantly though, despite KCC publicising some high profile cases there were only 5 successful prosecutions from these 1,685 incidents which is appalling"

Mike Sole had expressed concern last year that changes to Household Waste Recycling Centres (NWRC) would result in more fly-tipping as the council sought to reduce traders using them free of charge. "KCC is a judging its competence on how much money it can save but at what cost to our countryside?" added Mike

"These changes also mean that individuals with large trailers are unable to take their garden waste to NWRCs. Many residents have large gardens that produce too much waste to compost at home and instead now resort to the less environmentally practice of burning it. KCC need to look again at this policy that is turning our county into one large waste bin" said Mike