London, UK – The number of fly-tipping incidents in England increased by 5.6 per cent in 2014/15, according to data released by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). Local authorities dealt with a total of 900,000 incidents of fly-tipping in 2014/15, an increase of 5.6 per cent since 2013/14 with nearly two thirds of fly- tips involving household waste.
The trend in incidents of fly-tipping had been downward until 2013/14 when there was an increase to 852.000 incidents. The number of those incidents increased again in 2014/15 to 900,000 incidents. Care should be taken when interpreting this increase. This may reflect both improvements to the capture of fly-tipping incidents as well as genuine increases in the number of incidents.
Mostly on highways
The most common place for fly-tipping to occur was on highways which accounted for 48 per cent of total incidents in 2014/15. Incidents of fly-tipping on footpaths, bridleways and back alleyways increased by 3.2 per cent in England in 2014/15. Together these now account for 28 per cent of fly-tipping incidents.
Nearly a third of all incidents consisted of a quantity of material equivalent to a ‘small van load’. The second largest size category for fly-tipping incidents was ‘car boot’ and accounted for nearly 30 per cent of total incidents.
Increased cost of clearance
The estimated cost of clearance of fly-tipping to local authorities in England in 2014/15 was nearly £50 million (€70 million), an 11 per cent increase on 2013/14.
Local authorities carried out nearly 515.000 enforcement actions at an estimated cost of £17.6 million in 2014/15, a £0.3 million increase on the previous year. This equated to an increase of 3.1 per cent on enforcement actions in the same period.
The full report can be downloaded under gov.uk.
Source: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)