A drop of 1,100 tonnes in fly-tipped waste over the past 10 months has saved Surrey taxpayers £125,000.
Figures from Surrey County Council show that 2,749 tonnes of fly-tipped rubbish were picked up by district and borough councils between April last year and January – a fall of 30 per cent on the previous 10-month period.
It means a reduction of 1,153 tonnes in the amount of fly-tipping the county council is having to get rid of – saving taxpayers £125,000 in disposal costs.
Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: “We weigh and measure the amount of fly-tipping that is collected by district and borough councils and the decline in waste shown by these figures translates into savings of £125,000 for Surrey taxpayers.
“Working with Surrey’s 11 districts and boroughs, we launched a concerted drive last year to crack down on fly-tipping and we will continue to work together to tackle the scourge of people illegally dumping rubbish in our stunning countryside.
“There were fears that our scheme introducing charges at community recycling centres for disposing of waste from major construction work would lead to a rise in fly-tipping but these figures show that is not the case. They also paint a contrasting picture to recent reports of high levels of fly-tipping in some parts of the country but we know there is more to do to combat the problem which is why we’re committed to taking coordinated action with Surrey’s other councils, supported by the Environment Agency and Surrey Police.”