Fly-tipping – from Black Spots to Bright Spots

A key issue impacting on the landscape quality and visitor experience which was repeatedly raised during our development phase was the problem of fly-tipping in the open Gwent Levels landscape. It’s clear to all of our partners that we need to reduce the incidents and impacts of this problem in order for our other projects to make a lasting difference. The LLNH-4 Fly-tipping –from black spots to bright spots project will benefit from the deployment of a full-time enforcement officer who will work with the local authorities and the Fly-tipping Action Group to investigate fly-tipping incidents on the Levels and take appropriate action against offenders.  Project activities fall into three groups – Education, Awareness and Interventions.

Credit: Sadie Tovey

Education: Children and students must know about waste and how to deal with it responsibly – the project will enable teachers to deliver these messages in the classroom to inspire our younger generation to care for and respect the unique Gwent Levels landscape.

Awareness: Partners will raise awareness of the issues of fly-tipping and provide information to residents and businesses on how they should be disposing of their waste.

Interventions: Cameras will be deployed to catch offenders, locations will be target-hardened to prevent tipping and pollinator gardens constructed at hotspot locations to promote community pride in the landscape.

By the end of the project we hope to achieve a sustained reduction in fly-tipping incidents on the Gwent Levels and plan to construct, with the help and support of local communities, pollinator gardens near to some of the former fly-tipping hotspots to turn these former black spots into community bright spots. Contact Pam for more information about the action group and upcoming activities.

Project Lead
Natural Resources Wales

Project Timeline
March 2018 - March 2021

Living Levels reference

Pam Jordan, Natural Resources Wales