Over one million fly-tipping incidents recorded last year

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More than one million incidents of fly-tipping were dealt with last year

More than one million incidents of fly-tipping were dealt with by councils in England 2016-2017, costing £58 million.

Two thirds of fly-tips involved household waste, with incidents increasing by 8% from the previous year’s experience.

As with previous years, England’s highways were the most common place for fly-tipping, accounting for 49% of total incidents.

There were 1,002,000 cases of fly-tipping handled by councils in England between April 2016 and March 2017, equivalent to 114 every hour.

A spokesperson for Defra said: “Many local authorities have started to improve the way they capture and report fly-tips over the past few years, so the increase over time should be interpreted with some care.

“Defra is also aware that the definitions used to describe fly-tips are interpreted broadly from the guidance by local authorities.”

Cllr Martin Tett, Local Government Association environment spokesperson said the amount spent by councils was unacceptable.

He said: “Government has responded to our call for councils to be able to apply Fixed Penalty Notices for small scale fly-tipping – and this is a big step in the right direction.

"When they take offenders to court, councils need a faster and more effective legal system which means fly-tippers are given hard-hitting fines for more serious offences.

"Manufacturers also need to provide more take-back services so people can hand in old furniture and mattresses when they buy new ones.”

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