Thursday, 19 October 2017 13:15

7% increase in fly-tipping incidents

Written by  Ruralcity Media
7% increase in fly-tipping incidents

Fly-tipping incidents have soared by 7% over the past year – excluding the number of cases on private land.

For the 2016/17 year, local authorities in England dealt with around 1 million (1,002,000) fly-tipping incidents, according to Defra statistics.

Local councils spent an estimated £57.7m clearing up fly-tipped waste during the year, carrying out 474,000 enforcement at a cost of £16m.

The number of fixed penalty notices issued increased by 56% to 56,000 in 2016/17

This is now the second most common enforcement action after investigations and accounted for 12% of all enforcement actions in 2016/17.

Landowners, farmers and rural businesses – who frequently face having to clear up rubbish fly-tipped on private land, said it was a blight on the countryside.

CLA President Ross Murray said: “Fly-tipping is just getting worse and worse.”

The situation was a national disgrace, said Mr Murray. Prosecutions for fly-tipping were ludicrously low, and have decreased by a further 25%, he added.

Mr Murray said: “It is high time that government took a much more active role in tackling this blight on the countryside.

“Today’s shocking figures don’t even include rubbish fly-tipped on private land, which landowners clear up as local authorities only clear from public land.

“Greater penalties should be imposed and enforced including seizing fly-tippers’ vehicles, and victims should be better supported.

“We are calling for the appointment of a national fly-tipping Tsar to co-ordinate and oversee a more pro-active effort to get to grips with this national disgrace.”

Results from a survey conducted by Farmers Weekly and CLA Insurance revealed that almost two thirds of farmers and landowners have been affected by fly-tipping.

Over half of respondents agreed that fly-tipping was a significant issue in their area, with most victims surveyed saying they had been targeted on multiple occasions.

The full Defra statistics are available here.

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  • Guest (Jane Wright)


    Not surprising considering all the difficulties local authorities put in the way of people trying to dispose of rubbish properly. HW&RC should take anything from anyone for free and the cost should be bourne from the Council Tax. At the moment law-abiding citizens pay twice, once to dispose of their own rubbish and again to collect and dispose of that which has been fly-tipped.
    The immediate confiscation and crushing of vehicles should be the default penalty for anyone caught fly-tipping.

  • Guest (Paul Herbert mp)


    Jane you’re right. When ever this subject is raised we’re told it’s not that bad well 11000 incidents and no prosecutions is bad.
    Having to pay to dispose of rubble a material readily sold and used is ludicrous. Dangerous materials having to pay to dispose of such as asbestos will be dump down our country lanes. The attitudes of the HWRC have to change and so does the county council who control them need to wake up and smell the coffee

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