Fly-tipping can harm the tourism industry in Wales

Fly-tipping can harm the tourism industry in Wales


The tourism industry generates £6.9 billion
to the Welsh economy and provides more than 200,000 jobs across Wales. With word of mouth
generally being the most common way of people finding out about a potential holiday destination,
fly-tipping can significantly reduce the appeal of visiting an area, ruining national beauty
spots with unsightly household waste. The first velothon Wales attracted 15,000 cyclists,
fifty percent of them came from other parts of the UK and overseas. That obviously shows
that cycling in Wales is booming, attracting people from as far away as New Zealand and
Australia to enjoy our countryside on their bikes. It’s a bit of an eyesore to see rubbish
on the sides of the road when I’m out on my bike in Wales, it’s quite dissapointing to
see people treat the countryside like that, especially when we are trying to welcome tourists
into the country and the first thing that they see is rubbish on the sides of the roads.
One of the main hazards is fly-tipped glass, when the cyclists are riding along the road
at say fourty kilometers an hour in a bunch, if a bit of glass gets in the tyre and causes
a puncture it can damage the bike and injur not just the rider but anybody they’re riding
with as well. Fly-tipping Action Wales would like to see
Wales free from fly-tipping. That’s our ultimate aim. We don’t do it alone, we work with over
50 partner organizations and we work hard together to develop collaborative solutions
to the problem.There are still over 32,000 incidents of fly-tipping in Wales and that’s
far too many. That type of fly-tipping can have a massive adverse impact on the environment,
on communities, it can pollute water courses and it can have a really really adverse aesthetic
effect.People coming to Wales expect to see beautiful beaches like the one behind us,
or beautiful rolling hills and mountains. They expect to see that when they come here,
and those types of places are enjoyed by communities and tourists alike.What tourists don’t expect
to see is fly-tipping strewn all across the area, and that’s actually what happened here
less than six months ago; somebody fly-tipped waste material here, and if you imagine a
tourist witnessing that, that very time, it could really have detracted from his enjoyment
of the area and when he got home it could very well have deterred him from returning
to Wales and it could have actually put family members and friends off visiting Wales.If
you are thinking of getting waste removed from your property, the first thing to ask
is, the person you are employing to take it away is he or she a registered waste carrier?
You must ask this question.Ask them where the waste is going. They should be able to
give you the answers; if the answers they give you make you suspicious, you should be
suspicious. So I’d say to communities out there, if you have any information on people
who are fly-tipping anywhere, or you actually witness fly-tipping in your communities, please
report it to your local authorities.If you would like to report an incident of fly-tipping
or require further information on how to dispose of your old or unwanted items responsibly,
please visit www.flytipping.actionwales.org

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