AnyJunk on Sky News talking Fly-tipping

Flytipping is on the rise as cash-strapped councils increase costs of residential bulky waste services and cowboy operators seek to avoid the rising costs of legal waste disposal.

AnyJunk founder, Jason Mohr, appears on Sky News to underline the costs of disposing of waste legitimately. If a contractor offers to clear your back yard for £40, then the likelihood is that your junk will be fly tipped. It costs around £100 a tonne to dispose of rubbish at a licensed treatment facility and that’s before labour and vehicle expenses. Paying people to remove waste cheaply is one step removed from fly tipping it yourself.

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  1. Interesting post about the guy offering to clear your rubbish for £40. The reality is that most household jobs are probably in the 400-600kg region and therefore £40-£60 is a fair price if the disposal operator can bulk up the load with another job or jobs…. so not all £40 offerings lead to flytipping!

  2. As an addendum to my previous post, to link increased fly tipping to councils increasing the cost of bulky waste collection may be a more anecdotal than factual conclusion. Figures from the EA show that the biggest flipping problem is smaller items, especially black bags that don’t fall within the remit of bulky waste collection.

  3. Tim Witcomb says:

    Thanks for the comment Adrian. Completely agree that £40-£60 could cover the disposal cost but waste carriers also have to pay wages to their staff, fuel, and overheads like insurance, depreciation, and rent. Plus, businesses need to make some sort of profit too. Which all means that it’s very difficult to see how a legitimate operator can charge such low prices.

  4. Tim Witcomb says:

    Again, thanks for the comment Adrian – great to have some feedback. Our main reason for commenting on flytipping is to highlight the need for people and businesses to use a licensed waste carrier when disposing of their bulky waste. You’re right to say that there is no reports available proving increases in council bulky waste charges drive flytipping but we don’t think in unreasonable to think higher prices contribute. FYI, the last Environmental Agency report on flytipping (http://archive.defra.gov.uk/environment/quality/local/flytipping/documents/flytipping-statistics09-10.pdf) shows that around 2/3rd of all flytipping is household junk of which the most frequent is described as ‘other householder waste’ (as opposed to ‘household -black bags’).

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