Fly-tipping in England: Two thirds of fly- tips involve household waste

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London, UK — Local Authorities have dealt with a total of 852 thousand incidents of fly-tipping in 2013/14, an increase of 20 per cent since 2012/13 with nearly two thirds of fly- tips involving household waste. This equated to an increase of 18 per cent on enforcement actions in the same period., according to latest figures of the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Government Statistical Service.

The increase follows more recent year on year declines in the number of incidents.   A number of local authorities have reported an increase in the number of fly-tipping incidents. Some local authorities have introduced new technologies, such as on-line reporting and electronic applications as well increased training for staff and have explained this as a factor in the increase in the number of incidents reported.

Other key points are:

  • The most common place for fly-tipping to occur was on highways, 47 per cent of total incidents in 2013/14. Incidents of fly-tipping on footpaths, bridleways and back alleyways increased 15 per cent in England in 2013/14.  Together these now account for 29 per cent of fly tipping incidents.
  • The estimated cost of clearance of fly-tipping to Local Authorities in England in 2013/14 was £45.2 million (57.7 million €) , a 24 per cent increase on 2012/13.
  • Local Authorities carried out nearly 500 thousand enforcement actions at an estimated cost of £17.3 million (22.0 million €), which was over a £2.0 million (2.5 million €) increase on the previous year. This equated to an increase of 18 per cent on enforcement actions in the same period.

The full paper can be downloaded from gov.uk.

Source: Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Government Statistical Service