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What impact does fly tipping and litter have on local wildlife?

what impact does fly tipping and litter have on local wildlifeDid you know that there are as many as 900,000 cases of fly-tipping in the UK each year and that the annual cost for cleaning it up accounts to almost £1billion? These figures from the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) are quite shocking; however, the negative impact goes beyond just the financial, as the impact on the environment and local wildlife is even more worrying.

As demonstrated in this blog from Countryfile Magazine, some of the nation’s greatest national parks including the Peak District, Dartmoor, Yorkshire Dales and Snowden have all been severely blighted by the dumping of unwanted waste. Incidents of fly-tipping among our national parks, nature parks, woodland areas and waterways is becoming increasingly common and it is having a devastating effect on wildlife.

Animals who use these areas as their homes can suffer direct health problems because of anti-social fly tipping. Take marine litter for example. Marine litter effects as many as 1 million birds and 100,000 marine mammals every year as they become entangled in litter or ingest it.

On land, animals can often become trapped in ropes, nets or plastic containers. They can injure themselves on sharp objects or find their food sources contaminated by hazardous chemicals or liquids. What’s more, money that could have been spent on improving and protecting wildlife reserves is often diverted towards the clean up of waste, or volunteers who donate their time end up collecting litter rather than spending their time on conservation efforts, restoring and improving wildlife habitats.

The legal side of fly-tipping
Fly-tipping is entirely against the law and poses a dangerous threat to both people and wildlife. If you see anyone disposing of waste in an illegal way then you should report their activity to the police and your local authority. Make a note of the amount of waste, the type of waste, how many people were there, and details of any vehicles used to transport it.

Here at LSPS recycling is of great importance to us and we help businesses and individuals across Leicestershire to reduce the amount of their waste that ends up at landfill sites. Our Waste Transfer Station is open to traders and has an extensive range of state of the art equipment.

To find out how about we can help with your waste disposal needs please contact us on 0800 083 7807, or visit our website for further information.

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