Fly-tipping can be dangerous to your health

Some rubbish dumped in Wellingborough in 2011
Some rubbish dumped in Wellingborough in 2011

Potentially hazardous items like fridges and freezers have been among the items left dumped in the countryside during the past year.

The cost of fly-tipping to our councils is on the increase, but it isn’t only the amount of dumped waste which causes a problem – it is the type of items which are being left behind.

As well as white goods, reports of fly-tipping in the county include oil, chemicals, vehicle parts and even, on several occasions, animal carcasses.

Figures detailing the number and type of particular items dumped between 2011 and 2012 have been released by Kettering, Corby, Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire councils.

The number of so-called ‘white goods incidents’ where items like fridges, washing machines and freezers have been left dumped was almost 50 in those areas.

East Northamptonshire Council also reported more than 20 dumps of material which included asbestos.

Corby Council’s member for environment, Cllr Peter McEwan, said: “Fly-tipping is not only unsightly but can also be dangerous should it include hazardous materials or white goods such as fridges.

“The vast majority of fly-tipping is general household waste, but none is acceptable.

“We would always ask residents not to touch any fly-tipping that they may come across but to report it to the council on 01536 464242 so we can continue to get it cleaned up as quickly as possible and carry out any investigations necessary.”

Corby was the council worst-affected by fly-tipping, with a total of 1,094 incidents recorded between 2011 and 2012. Kettering was the next highest area with 849 reports while Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire had 755 and 446 reported dumps respectively.

By far the most common type of waste dumped is general household rubbish, which accounts for more than half of all reported fly-tipping.

The figures also show the most common types of areas where items are dumped – with roadsides and countryside footpaths or bridleways the most targeted.

In the county as a whole, the estimated clean-up bill costs more than £650,000 a year.