– John Griffiths AM, Environment Minister
Fly-tipping is a serious crime. Not only is it a dreadful eye-sore, it can also pose a real danger to people living locally, and it is far too common in some of our more deprived urban areas and remote rural areas.
I believe that by dealing effectively with fly tipping, we can make a real difference to the quality of life within communities here in Wales. Over recent years we have made good progress and have seen some real successes but the challenge now is to build upon that success.
The consultation I am launching today explores how we can work effectively to achieve a fly-tipping free Wales.
According to figures on the Welsh Government website:
- In 2011-12 there were 36,411 fly-tipping incidents in Wales.
- In 2011-12, 67% of fly-tipping incidents involved household waste.
- There were 30,000 enforcement actions over fly-tipping taken in Wales in 2011-12.
Figures also show that local authorities in Wales spent more than £2.1m on cleaning up incidents of fly-tipping in the 2011-12 period.
The Welsh Government will set out its vision for a fly-tipping free Wales at a special conference today.
The Environment Minister, John Griffiths, will lead the discussion to explore ways of stamping out fly-tipping.
In 2011-12 local authorities in Wales spent more than £2.1m on cleaning up fly-tipping incidents.