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Asbestos fly-tipping increase highlighted as a growing concern

11 September 2017

Following a recent report on ITV News about the increasing number of recorded incidents of fly-tipping of asbestos, industry experts have emphasised the need to follow Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines.

It was revealed that there had been more than 3,200 reports of illegally-dumped asbestos at the time of the report, after ITV News submitted a Freedom of Information request.

This represents a rise of around 14% of these issues within the last three years.

It was also reported that the cost of removing the toxic material is in the region of £1m, which is also presumed to be increasing in line with the rising numbers of fly-tipping.

According to the lexology.com website, the Department for Environmental, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have issued advice on fly-tipping responsibilities to local councils.

These incidents need to be reported to the HSE and councils are also empowered to issue on-the-spot fines to fly tippers.

Just over 2,000 prosecutions for fly-tipping were completed in 2015/16 and there has also been an increase in sentencing guidelines to tackle the issue.

Lexology.com quoted asbestos lawyer Harminder Bains as saying that the issue "is a serious concern" in the UK.

"Asbestos is being dumped near footpaths, parks and roads, places where people can easily be exposed to potentially fatal asbestos fibres.

"Local councils must do everything within their powers to ensure that this hazardous substance is removed as soon as possible to protect public health," said Ms Bains.


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