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Holiday makers warned about dumping rubbish over bank holiday

25 Aug 2023 4 minute read
Bins left overflowing at a Welsh national park.

Holiday makers and those looking to enjoy the outdoors in Wales this bank holiday have been warned not to dump rubbish or leave behind any unwanted items.

Dubbed ‘unintentional fly tippers’, members of the public who leave their waste next to overflowing bins or abandon the likes of barbecues and camping equipment at beauty spots are being told they are causing real harm to Wales’ environment

According to Fly-tipping Action Wales (FtAW), an initiative, sponsored by the Welsh Government and coordinated by Natural Resources Wales, incidents like this have risen over the summer months and are having a negative impact on Wales’ countryside and coastlines.

Neil Harrison, Project Manager at Fly-tipping Action Wales, said: “We’re seeing a concerning increase in what we’re calling ‘unintentional fly-tipping’.

“People think they’re being helpful by leaving their rubbish beside the bins, but in reality, it’s an instance of illegal fly-tipping.

“There’s only so much capacity for local authority refuse collectors, and it’s not safe to leave an unmanageable surplus of rubbish for collection.

“This means that leaving bins overflowing is not only an environmental issue, but also a public health matter. What’s more, any member of the public found guilty of fly-tipping could face a costly fine.

“We’re asking members of the public to help us protect Wales’ natural environment and take their rubbish home if bins are full, allowing beauty spots to be enjoyed by all.”

Rubbish piled up outside public toilets in Nantgwynant.

Tips

To help tackle the issue, Fly-tipping Action Wales has created a list of its five top tips on how to avoid becoming an ‘unintentional fly-tipper’ this bank holiday weekend:

  • Prepare for your picnic

Ensure that you bring your own rubbish bags to clear away any litter and if bins nearby are full, taking your rubbish home — as leaving waste next to an overfilled bin is considered fly-tipping. Avoiding single use plates and cutlery can also reduce your waste and is great for the environment.

  • Think before you barbecue

Many supermarkets no longer sell disposable BBQs given how detrimental they can be to the environment and wildlife.

If you do use a disposable BBQ, always check that you are legally allowed to use them in that area and think about how you will responsibly dispose of the BBQ to avoid grassland fires and damage to bins.

  • Be a considerate camper

An increase in people taking up outdoor pursuits has had a negative impact on ecosystems across Wales through improper toileting, littering, and fly-tipping. To ensure you protect the nature you’re exploring, always follow the Countryside Code.

When attending festivals, avoid buying a cheap tent with the intention of leaving it behind for the event organisers to dispose of. It is very difficult to recycle tents, and this is actually an example of fly-tipping. Instead, consider hiring a tent or buying a tent for repeat use .

  • Make your gardening greener

It is essential to dispose of green waste responsibly — as dumping garden waste in a field, forest, common land, or over the back fence can cause significant harm to the environment. If you are found to have dumped your garden waste, you could face a fine for small scale fly-tipping of up to £400.

Check with your local council to find out if they offer a free or chargeable garden waste collection service. If your bin is full, you can recycle garden waste at your local household waste recycling centres.

  • Respect the water

Beaches and rivers are popular summer destinations, and a quintessential part of the Welsh summer, which is why it is so important that they are kept clean and free of pollution.

Whether you’re participating in water sports or simply enjoying the beach, make sure not to throw any waste into the sea, including bottles, wrappers, or fishing lines.

Use nearby waste bins or, if none are available, take your waste home with you.


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Alwyn Evans
Alwyn Evans
7 months ago

And pay your holiday tax so the local council can afford to clean up the vast quantities of rubbish you no doubt will leave behind you

hdavies15
hdavies15
7 months ago

Take your trash home, scumbags. And that goes for Welsh day trippers too. They are just as bad as those that wander in from beyond Y Clawdd.

Bachgen o Lerpwl
7 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

I think many of those traws y clawdd have understood that certain sections of society think the area is too heavily populated by tourists and are going elsewhere.

hdavies15
hdavies15
7 months ago

Should hear about that soon. Reps of the Tourism Industry are quick to bleat about anything that puts a dent in their earnings. Tolerance of rubbish dumped anywhere, cars parked any old way and townies tramping all over the countryside treating everything as “right of way” just serve to reinforce the image of Wales as a subservient country “willing to serve”.

Bachgen o Lerpwl
7 months ago
Reply to  hdavies15

We have also become an expensive holiday destination if you want a decent hotel. I am told Britanny is cheaper even with the ferry price included, night for night.

Charles Coombes
Charles Coombes
7 months ago

This is one reason why a tourist tax is needed, to pay people to keep the bins clear to collect litter and rubbish.

Nobby Tart
Nobby Tart
7 months ago

Indeed.
Those who shout “no tourist tax” will presumably be happy with their council tax being increased to pay for the tourists rubbish to be cleared up.

Bachgen o Lerpwl
7 months ago

We have already alienated a large section of our tourist base and good hotels are already ridiculously expensive. English hoteliers think the Welsh tourist tax is a great idea.

Steve Woods
Steve Woods
7 months ago

As someone who’s campaigned against litter and fly-tipping for over a decade, my comments are as follows.

There’s nothing unintentional about it, judging from the photos.

It’s fly-tipping, plain and simple.

Fine the offenders.

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