Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

09/11/06 ROSIE COOPER MP PLEDGES TO FIGHT ILLEGAL DUMPING

Rosie Cooper MP joined the Minister for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare, the Chair of the Environment Agency, and the Chair of the Local Government Association to sign a parliamentary pledge designed to raise greater awareness of waste crime and its affect on the environment.

The event was attended by MPs and peers throughout the UK who turned up to show their support and raise awareness of this important issue.

Rosie, speaking at the event, said:

“I welcome the opportunity to pledge my support in the fight against illegal dumping. As a constituency MP I know how residents are affected by fly tipping in their area. Illegal dumping of waste has a negative impact on communities as we all like the local area to be clean and tidy. Nobody wants to walk out their front door to find binbags or electrical goods just dumped on any bit of land. To add insult to injury it is the council tax of local residents that pays for the rubbish to be cleaned-up.”

“I am encouraging all residents of West Lancashire to sign up to the Waste Crime pledges by taking action to stop fly tippers turning their area into an illegal dumping ground.”

Ben Bradshaw MP, Minister for Local Environment, Marine and Animal Welfare, said:

“Fly-tipping is a serious crime, blighting the countryside and causing significant environmental damage."

“Organised criminals are making large sums of money by charging households and businesses to dispose of rubbish, before illegally dumping it. It is important that we are all aware of where out waste goes and play our part in ensuring it is disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.”

Sir John Harman, chair of the Environment Agency said:

“There are over 1 million fly-tipping incidents each year ranging from a black liner full of ordinary household rubbish to lorryloads of construction dumped in parks and areas of natural beauty."

“The Environment Agency tackles the big, bad, nasty side of fly-tipping. For example, over 40 per cent of the fly-tipping incidents we deal with are hazardous waste and the problem costs us over a quarter a million pounds every year to clean up.”

“Fly-tipping and waste crime can pose a real risk to the environment and human health. Today’s event is all about raising awareness of the problem and I am really pleased to see MPs from all over the country taking part.”

As Chair of the Local Government Association, Lord Sandy Bruce-Lockhart commented:

“Fly tipping is highly antisocial and it spoils neighbourhoods and costs councils over £50 million a year to clear up. Local authorities are working hard with residents and businesses to minimise the amount of waste produced and are helping them to dispose of waste responsibly. Councils will not tolerate fly tipping and are determined to catch and prosecute offenders. We strive to keep where you live clean and tidy and want to ensure that local areas are safe for everyone to enjoy.”

The Waste Crime Pledges include:

1) I pledge to think before giving my waste to anyone else – to check that they are registered by the Environment Agency to take t, either by calling 08708 506 506 or online.
2) I pledge to report any fly-tipping to my local authority – and any large scale illegal dumping and pollution to the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60.
3) ‘Waste Crime’ is unacceptable – it causes real and lasting damage to the environment. I pledge to raise awareness of waste crime where I can.’

Flycapture is the national database of fly-tipping incidents that has been set up by Defra, the Environment Agency and the Local Government Association to get a better picture of the problem of illegally dumped waste dealt with by local authorities.

Data from 2005/2006 detailing the nature of the fly-tipping incidents, including a regional breakdown can be found at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/localenv/flytipping/flycapture.htm 

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