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This consultation will help to develop a new fly-tipping strategy for Wales.
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Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste on to land. It can pollute the environment, be harmful to human health and spoils our enjoyment of our towns and countryside.

We are committed to improving local environmental quality, tackling fly-tipping and reducing the amount spent in clean up costs. It costs Wales nearly £2 million each year in clean up costs which ultimately has to be paid by taxpayers.

Our Fly-Tipping Strategy

We believe that everyone in Wales should enjoy and be supported by a clean, healthy and safe environment, and that aim is at the heart of this strategy.

Tackling the issue of fly-tipping in Wales is an important step in achieving this goal, a goal that requires coordinated action by all partner organisations and communities across Wales.

Since 2007 we have funded Fly-tipping Action Wales; this initiative is coordinated by Natural Resources Wales (formerly by the Environment Agency Wales) and involves over 50 partners working together to tackle fly-tipping through education, enforcement and community engagement initiatives.

This strategy highlights where we are now and the actions needed to achieve our vision in partnership with our stakeholders.

Extent of the Fly-tipping problem in Wales

Over 36,000 fly-tipping incidents were recorded in Wales during 2015/16. These incidents varied in size from a bin bag of rubbish to large lorry loads of construction and demolition waste.

Fly-tipping can vary from a single mattress or black bin bag to large-scale fly-tipping of tyres or truck loads of construction and demolition waste.

Some fly- tipping, whilst small can be serious, particularly if hazardous waste is involved.

There are many reasons why fly-tipping occurs:

  • many incidences of fly-tipping are organised by criminals to gain financial rewards and undermine the role of registered waste carriers;
  • a crime of opportunity and there is a low perceived risk of getting caught;
  • ignorance of responsibility to dispose of waste safely and properly with registered waste carriers;
  • disregard of visual and cost consequences of fly-tipping on local environment; and
  • increased cost of waste removal for businesses and householders.

National Fly-tipping Prevention Group (NFTPG)

Fly-tipping occurs all over the UK. The NFTPG meet every 3 months to share information, best practice and solutions across the UK.

For more information visit: National Fly-tipping Prevention Group  (external link)