UK Tips are seeing a huge influx of people in recent months , regulations have been implemented to monitor which residents can use certain waste disposal units. With many of the public disposing of their waste to different postcodes, people are expected to provide identification upon arrival to prove they are within their area due to the overflow of rubbish since the pandemic began.
Two men were even captured on CCTV dropping fridges from the back of a van in the middle of a road at night on Sheppey creating a danger to unsuspecting motorists.
Furious resident Carol Davies, 43, from Herne Bay said: “Kent is now the rubbish dump of England.”
Some councils have also been forced to reduce bin collections because of staff shortages.
In an interview with Kent online Michael Valenzia, South East regional director of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) said: “It is shocking to hear reports of fly-tipping especially at this time of lockdown. The closure of tips is understandable but can’t be used as an excuse to dump rubbish in our countryside.”
10 months after the start of the pandemic, the rate of fly-tipping has continued to rise following the most recent lockdown in Kent. The county has been subject to Tier 4 restricitons with fears of moving into a new Tier 5, so with homes producing more waste since these regulations were put in place, fly-tipping is expected to rise again going forward.
Amongst many of the issues from the Covid-19 domino effect, waste has become a huge issue for homeowners, with tips being closed for 2 months, only to reopen with limited access, many have turned to fly-tipping as an only option. By doing so, the environment suffers.
Maidstone has seen the largest increase of fly-tipping since Covid as it has risen by 61.5% since 2019, followed up by Tunbridge Wells at a 48.4% increase and Canterbury at 39.5%.
A spokesman from Canterbury City Council said: “The figures for Canterbury district show a rise this year compared to last year.
“There is no one specific reason for this, but contributing factors during the lockdown are likely to include greater reporting due to more people walking and cycling in the countryside, the closure of household waste sites, more home improvement projects being carried out and people using unlicensed and unscrupulous traders to get rid of the rubbish, and difficulties with rubbish collections.
“Removing flytipping is a priority for us. We always investigate the dumped rubbish to try and get details of who it belonged to, and have issued a number of fixed penalty notices for these offences in recent weeks.”
In Thanet, there was an overall increase of 31.1 per cent.
The worst affected months were May and June, when cases rose by 47.4 per cent and 51.52 per cent respectively.
Kent County Council urge people to dispose of their waste properly, following the guidlines provided by each Tip, for more information visit Kent.gov.uk