Nick was out for a nice run along the river when he came across a load of fly-tipped items.
According to DEFRA ( Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs ) Newcastle suffered 9931 incidents of fly-tipping in 2018/19. It is reported that clean-up costs for the North East are around 1 to 2 million pounds per annum. Councils could find a much better use for this money.
Some of the problem is down to the disposable nature of our economy. Back in June the co-leaders of the Green Party came out to support the right to repair. This would call on manufacturers to design their products with repair-ability, and recycling in mind. Spare parts should be made available so that devices can be repaired rather than simply throwing out and buying a new one.
In order to meet our Climate Change targets the way our economy works needs a serious rethink, we need to be moving towards a circular economy with the mantra Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
In the west end Tay and her team are constantly on the lookout for fly tipping and have been instrumental in getting it cleared off our streets. Envirocall who are responsible for the collections have been doing a great job and normally items have been removed within a day or so of being reported.
If you spot fly-tipping then make sure you report it and get it cleaned up as soon as possible.
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