Fly tipping never been worse in Birmingham – more rubbish than ever dumped

Fly tipping has never been worse in Birmingham as more rubbish than ever dumped. Figures published by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) reveal there were 17,575 incidents of fly-tipping in the city in 2018/19 – or 48 every day

The total included 6,020 cases where people simply dumped black bags full of household waste in the streets, 1,179 fly-tipped fridges and other white goods – and 1,369 involving dead animals.

There were also 155 cases of tyres being dumped, 195 involving vehicle parts, and even 44 where clinical waste was fly-tipped.

The total number of cases in Birmingham was up from 15,993 in 2017/18 and is the highest number since local figures were first recorded in 2012/13. That year, there were 14,043.

Campaigners said they suspected the reality may be “even worse” than the figures have captured. I agree, since the absence of reliable data is surely reason to miss interpret the summary data. The reality may indeed be even worse, and probably is, but it could surelysince the absence of reliable data is surely reason to miss interpret the summary data. The reality may indeed be even worse, and probably is, but it could also be less bad if the figures recorded have been inappropriately bloated by inaccuracy in reporting.

It is of course of concern that there are 44 cases of clinical waste been fly tipped. This might arise from GP surgeries, dentists, first-aid and community clinics et cetera, ambulances leaving the scene of emergency careIt is of course of concern that there are 44 cases of clinical waste been fly tipped. This might arise from GP surgeries, dentists, first-aid and community clinics etc, ambulance crews leaving the scene of emergency care without removing all of their used medical items, not unreasonably as their first and only priority should be to get the patient to hospital. Waste may also arise from beauty clinics and piercers, tattooists, from undertakers, and from domiciliary healthcare. In this last case there is of course the ongoing problem of local authorities not taking their responsibility seriously and instructing householders to leave their clinical waste from undertakers, and from domiciliary healthcare. In this last case there is of course the ongoing problem of local authorities not taking their responsibility seriously and instructing householders to leave their clinical waste at the edge of their properties to wait collection from early in the morning or even the night before the day of collection. Not surprisingly, we  can anticipate that some of these wastes get scattered or go missing.

 

https://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/fly-tipping-never-been-worse-17219419

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