WTW: Grot on the landscape

Wales this Week goes on the trail of illegal waste tippers, who cost Wales millions of pounds a year and can do untold damage to the environment.

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Householders at risk from illegal fly tippers

by Wales This Week
'No Fly Tipping' sign
several prosecutions have been made of householders in the Blaenau Gwent area Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

Householders in Wales could be at risk of prosecution by not ensuring that their waste is being disposed of correctly, Wales This Week can reveal.

According to Gary Evans, from Fly Tipping Action Wales, it is the householders responsibility to ensure that tradesmen who are performing work on their behalf, have purchased the necessary licences to legally dispose of their waste.

Waste which is disposed of illegally, can be traced back through various means to the householder, and it is this householder who would be held responsible for the crime.

There have been several prosecutions of householders in Blaenau Gwent as a result of them not checking if they had used a licensed waste carrier.

Tonight, Wales This Week speaks to the enforcement officers who are closing in on fly tippers, using the latest technology and sharing intelligence to catch them in the act.

Wales This Week, Grot on the Landscape is on tonight at 8 on ITV Cymru Wales

According to Fly Tipping Action Wales, householders must be aware of where their waste is being carried and how it is being disposed of - It’s up to householders to ensure that traders who take their waste away are licensed.

"Ask them where they’re taking your waste and if the answers you get aren’t adequate that should raise your suspicions. As in everything in life if the prices they give you seem too good to be true, it probably is”Gary Evans, Fly Tipping Action Wales

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Grot on the Landscape

by Wales This Week

Tonight, Wales This Week investigates a crime that is largely without an obvious victim, but it’s one that is committed every 15 minutes here in Wales.

Councils spend millions of pounds cleaning up illegally-dumped waste, but the cost to the environment can be even more alarming. Now, enforcement officers are closing in on fly tippers, using the latest technology and sharing intelligence to catch them in the act.

Watch Wales This Week, 'Grot on the Landscape' tonight at 8 on ITV Cymru Wales

Asbestos Illegally dumped by the roadside

by Wales This Week
Two men in protective clothing, disposing of asbestos sheeting
Asbestos has been found illegally dumped at this site in Cardiff on a number of occasions Credit: ITV News Cymru Wales

Councils spend millions of pounds cleaning up illegally-dumped waste, but the cost to the environment can be even more alarming. Now, enforcement officers are closing in on fly tippers, using the latest technology and sharing intelligence to catch them in the act.

At this site on the roadside in the Wentloog levels, between Cardiff and Newport. There is plenty of evidence of illegal tipping.

Tonnes of asbestos sheets have been dumped in the area for the twentieth time in the last 14 months.

"if it breaks down, the spores start travelling round in the air, and that can be dangerous for public health... the people who are disposing of this are probably not dealing with it correctly themselves either, so they’re quite likely to be at risk of all sorts of diseases”

Raynor Lewis, Intelligence Officer, Natural Resources Wales

Fly tipping can lead to a prison sentence or a maximum fine of £50,000, but last year there were just 106 prosecutions in Wales.

Tonight, Wales This Week is out with the enforcement officers, who are tracking down these illegal fly tippers.

Watch Wales This Week, 'Grot on the Landscape' tonight at 8 on ITV Cymru Wales