Fly-tipping occurs once every 30 seconds in England

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
Dealing with fly-tipping incidents cost English councils £12.9m in 2018/2019. Photo credit: Expert Market

A fly-tipping incident occurs every 30 seconds in England, a new study has found.

A data report from Expert Market shows that in 2018/2019, local authorities in England dealt with 1,072,000 fly-tipping incidents, which is equivalent to two each minute.

Dealing with these incidents cost £12.9m, which was £5,000 more than the previous year.

Cross-referencing data from 323 local authorities, Expert Market found that Londoners remained the worst offenders, with London boroughs making up four of the top five worst areas for fly-tipping in the country.

The City of London was the worst for fly-tipping in England with 172 fly-tipping incidents per 1,000 people, despite reducing offences by 16% since last year.

Camden, Hammersmith and Fulham, and Hounslow featured in third, fourth, and fifth place respectively.

Second worst in the country was Sheffield, which has experienced a 552% increase in fly-tipping incidents from last year – from 22 per 1,000 people to 137.

The report featured some good news, with Great Yarmouth slipping from fifth-worst area to 83rd.

Rydale is the country’s greenest area, with just 0.15 fly-tipping incidents per 1,000 people.

In the past year, English councils have issued £1,090,267 in fly-tipping-related fines, with just 0.2% of cases resulting in prosecution.

Household waste accounted for almost two-thirds of incidents, but construction and trade waste were also common.

Lucy Crossfield, environmental content editor at Expert Market, said: “The findings are alarming, especially when we consider the huge amount of money that is spent by overstretched councils on this avoidable problem.

“Although the majority of fly-tipped waste is classified as from households, recent news reports have pointed to organised criminals as being partially responsible.

“The new government needs to take this issue more seriously.

“They need to provide councils with more resources to deal with the problem and make it more difficult for criminals to operate as fake businesses.

“Penalties are too light, and there are few deterrents like cameras or warning signs.

“Residents need to be more aware of how to identify a legitimate waste carrier, the location of their nearest tip and who to get in touch with for waste disposal.

“Thankfully, more councils are creating apps for residents to easily report waste. But the problem should simply not exist in the first place.

“This growing problem requires government, business, and households alike to work together to clean up their act – and clean it up quickly.”

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