Biffa launches app to tackle lockdown fly-tipping

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
The Countryside Alliance has reported a 300% rise in fly-tipping incidents in some areas

Biffa has developed a mobile app aimed at combating fly-tipping incidents, which have increased across the UK during the coronavirus lockdown.

The new app, which is aimed at businesses trying to curb illegal dumping on their land, allows organisations to report incidents of fly-tipping and its exact location using a GPS.

Biffa will then come to remove the material, usually within 24 hours, before processing it in the most sustainable way possible.

The data will be collected and sent to Defra to be included in national fly-tipping statistics.

Local councils have reported spikes in fly-tipping since the lockdown began, as recycling centres have been closed across the country.

The Countryside Alliance has reported a 300% rise in incidents in some areas.

Fly-tipping is punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or up to five years in prison.

The removal of fly-tipped waste has been declared a high priority service by Defra during the coronavirus pandemic, as a build-up of waste could pose threats to public health.

George Pearce, commercial development manager at Biffa, said: “It’s unfortunate to see that the current crisis is serving to exacerbate the already significant and growing problem of fly-tipping.

“It is a crime that damages our health, the environment, and businesses, in what is already an extremely challenging time.

“I hope our new initiative to help tackle fly-tipping will provide some relief.

“I would also take this opportunity to warn individuals and businesses against the risk of employing unregistered waste removal services, which have become more prolific since the lockdown began.

“These services are illegal, can be part of organised crime groups, and are often the perpetrators of fly-tipping.”

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