Study reveals cities with the most fly-tipping – Doncaster is in the top 20

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A recent study conducted by the research team at Cartridge Save has revealed the English cities dumping the most rubbish illegally.

Fly-tipping, the illegal dumping of rubbish, has become a growing problem across the country, damaging the environment and putting public health at risk.

The study reveals that Durham has the worst fly-tipping problem in the country, with 1,129 incidents per 10K people. Despite its fame for beautiful countryside and rural charm, Durham is at the wrong end of this worrying trend.

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Lancaster, a city surrounded by stunning countryside, comes in second on the list with 709 fly-tipping incidents per 10K residents. Despite its beautiful surroundings, the city faces challenges in tackling fly-tipping.

Study reveals cities with the most fly-tipping – Doncaster is in the top 20.Study reveals cities with the most fly-tipping – Doncaster is in the top 20.
Study reveals cities with the most fly-tipping – Doncaster is in the top 20.

Rotherham, where the River Don and River Rother converge, also faces a bit of a fly-tipping problem. With over 700 incidents per 10K people, keeping the town clean is a real struggle.

Barnsley ranks fourth in for fly-tipping incidents, with 637 incidents per 10K people. The town's industrial heritage means there’s a clear challenge in waste management. More needs to be done to encourage residents to value a clean environment, perhaps by highlighting how much they can enjoy Barnsley’s green spaces.

Rounding out the top five fly-tipping hotspots in England is Newcastle upon Tyne. This vibrant city, steeped in history and boasting iconic landmarks, has a surprising problem with 604 incidents per 10K residents.

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Doncaster is in 17th place with 3,674 incidents that’s 420 per 10k residents.

Despite its status as a bustling metropolis with a huge population, London has the lowest fly-tipping rate on the list, at just 3 incidents per 10K residents. This suggests effective waste management strategies in the capital.

Ian Cowley, a spokesperson from Cartridge Save, commented on the findings: “The study exposes a worrying trend of fly-tipping in English cities. Places like Durham and Lancaster highlight the need for a collective effort.

“Clearer government policies, responsible business practices, and individual accountability are all essential.”

He added: “Residents can make a big difference by utilising council waste services and checking waste carrier licenses. By working together, we can keep England's cities clean and healthy.”

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