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Fly-tipping incidents in Sedgemoor fall
NEW figures released by the Government this week show incidents of fly-tipping in Somerset have dropped by 8.7%.
Between 2011/12 and 2012/13, the number of incidents has dropped by 497 from 5,687 to 5,190 in the county - and in Sedgemoor by 306 to 1,161.
The fall has coincided with greater efforts to deter fly-tippers through new equipment, warning signs and further training for district enforcement officers, backed by Somerset County Council.
Residents and businesses are being urged to check if those removing rubbish, such as builders, have the correct waste carrier's licence.
Cllr Derek Yeomans, chairman of the Somerset Waste Board, said: “This fall in incidents is welcome, but we still need to drive down the crime of fly-tipping.
“We are realistic that this is a hard crime to prevent, and a hard one to take to court, so we urge the public to be vigilant and report suspicious activity while staying safe.”
On average, clearing up Somerset's fly-tipping costs district councils a total of around £150,000 a year, with the County Council contributing about £36,000 in 2012/13.