Ipswich: Fall in fly-tipping menace

INCIDENTS of fly-tipping in Ipswich have fallen, new figures have revealed.

The volume of incidents reported by Ipswich Borough Council to the Environment Agency’s national fly-tipping database, Flycapture, has dropped from 636 in 2009/10 down to 596 in 2010/11.

Fly-tipping can be household waste, commercial waste and construction, demolition and excavation waste.

Ipswich now ranks 28th out of 47 councils in the East of England, coming below Cambridge (1,456), Norwich (5,636) and Peterborough, which topped the list (7,608).

In total, 68,977 fly-tipping incidents were reported by 47 councils in the East of England in 2010-2011, compared to 76,172 the previous year.

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Ipswich Borough Council estimates that the cost of fly-tipping to the council is around �25,000 a year.

A spokesman said: “We are doing all we can to cut the amount of fly-tipping in Ipswich and we would urge residents to help us by either reporting it online on www.ipswich.gov.uk or calling our hotline 01473 433000 if they see any suspicious activity.”

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Suffolk Coastal, Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils all ranked below Ipswich, with 422, 339 and 237 fly tipping incidents reported in 2010/11 respectively.

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