Fly-tipping clean-up bill has risen 50% in five years, says woodland estate manager

The Woodland Trust says the cost of clearing up fly-tipping and littering from its thousand-plus sites was £200,000 last year, a rise of £70,000 over the past five years.

Image: WTML
Image: WTML

In 2018, it recorded 1,290 individual tipping and littering incidents, with 576 in the north of England alone.

The most expensive individual wood to maintain was at Livingston, West Lothian, where almost £16,000 was spent on clearing up.

The trust's director of estate and woodland outreach Darren Moorcroft described the figures as "worrying".

"This money could have helped us plant many trees or protect woods that are in desperate need of help," he said. "The rubbish also creates an eyesore which affects people’s overall visitor experience."

The trust has in the past successfully prosecuted those responsible, leading to substantial fines, but this is "a costly affair", he added.

He suggested that the closure of council refuse sites, and extra charges placed on facilities such as green bins, could be exacerbating the problem.

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