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What do the ever-changing restrictions mean for the environment?

Last year we discussed the rise in cases of fly-tipping and littering in public places due to lockdown restrictions – but what are the long-term effects should this continue?

Vandalism

  • Cost of repair – unattended to, vandalism can incur large costs.
  • Danger to community – often vandalism that gets out of control can lead to incidents where people are put in extreme danger.
  • Safety of residents– people living in an area subject to vandalism may find themselves feeling unsafe in their homes.

 

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Littering

  • Aquatic life – litter dumped in parks can often affect the appearance of the area but more crucially, a lot of litter can also end up in ponds where aquatic life can choke or become entangled in items or be affected by poorer water quality. 
  • Road accidents– drivers trying to avoid litter on the street can often cause accidents due to swift movements when driving.
  • Fire hazards– large amounts of litter can become a fire hazard leading to much more severe circumstances.

 

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Fly-tipping 

This unauthorised dumping of waste poses threat to humans, animals and the environment.

  • Spread of disease through animals is a common result of fly-tipping as local water/food supplies can become contaminated.
  • Hazardous chemicals from waste can cause long-term damage to the soil beneath it and can also be poisonous for animals and humans.  This type of waste is often non-biodegradable and must be removed manually.
  • Rodent infestation – the dumping of waste can attract rats and other vermin. 

 

It is therefore important to consider how you manage these situations and control them before long-term effects take over your community. Clean & clear, biohazard clean up and pest control are just some of the services we offer at SPS. Get in touch today to discuss your requirements.

 

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