FLY-TIPPING reports have almost doubled in the first two months of 2023 compared to the same period last year, according to the government.
While fly-tipping occurs across the Island, the government identified recycling sites, such as those in Grainville, Les Creux and St Peter’s Valley as hotspots.
So far in 2023, 114 fly-tipping reports have been recorded, compared to 62 reports at the same time last year.
Pollution control senior officer Richard Runacres said: ‘It is apparent that some individuals chose to misuse the recycling facilities provided by government, while others chose to abuse the Island’s environment by dumping their waste and leaving it for others to clear.
‘Please take responsibility for your waste and use the very good recycling and waste facilities provided.’
According to the government, an officer from Pollution Control monitors areas which are known hotspots for fly-tipping on a daily basis.
Last week, one Islander took to social media after they found TV satellite dishes dumped at Norimont Point. The government said it was the second report of fly-tipping they were aware of in the area this year.
St Brelade Constable Mike Jackson said: ‘I don’t believe it is a common problem but more an occasional one. Les Creux is sometimes blighted when we get strong winds and genuine recyclates get blown around.’
He added: ‘I can only say that facilities to dispose of anything are offered by the Infrastructure, Housing and Environment Department and easily accessible. The parish also offer a weekly general waste and regular glass kerbside collection service.
‘Anyone who is found to be fly-tipping risks being prosecuted under the law.’
Last year, Islanders were urged to report fly-tipping incidents after rubbish was dumped in St Peter’s Valley. Constable Richard Vibert and Mr Runacres asked the public to document similar activity after the waste, which included an old toilet, was left in the valley on the border between St Peter and St Lawrence.