Fly-tipping on the rise across England

October 30th, 2015 Category: Local Authority & Housing

Fly-tipping has become a major problem in the UK, according to a new report. 

Data published by local authorities across the UK showed that despite the threat of more severe fines for those convicted of the illegal dumping of waste, many people still continue to fly tip.  This is costing authorities thousands to clear up. 

The report showed that over the last 12 months, local councils in England alone spent nearly £50 million clearing items that had been dumped on the streets.

This represents a rise of 11 per cent when compared to the year before. Some 900 thousand incidents of fly-tipping were dealt with in 2014/15, an increase of 5.6 per cent since 2013/14.

The figures showed that nearly two thirds of fly tips involving household waste. The figures showed that household waste accounted for 66 per cent of total incidents and rose from 563,000 cases in 2013/14 to 590,000 incidents in 2014/15.

Although fly-tipping appeared to have dropped in the run-up to 2013, it then rose again between 2014 and 2015.

Highways are the most common place for fly-tipping incidents, according to the study and they accounted for 48 per cent of total incidents in 2014/15. 

The report also revealed that the number of fly-tipping cases involving waste that could fit inside of a 'single black bag' dropped from 11 per cent in 2007/08 to five per cent in 2014/15.

Nowadays, nearly a third of all incidents involve waste equivalent to a small van load of goods.  

Furthermore, the second largest size category for fly-tipping incidents was ‘car boot’ and accounted for nearly 30 per cent of total incidents. 

However, despite the clear rise in both the number of fly-tipping cases and the quantity of items dropped, the report was careful to point out that the increase in the figures could be in part due to the improvements in capturing offenders.

In fact, the data also showed that local authorities were becoming much better at taking action against those who are caught in the act.

For example, officials carried out nearly 515,000 enforcement actions at an estimated cost of £17.6 million in 2014/15.

This is equivalent to a £0.3 million increase on the previous year and equated to a rise of of 3.1 per cent on enforcement actions in the same period.

In addition to household waste, commercial waste was also a major problem and is the second largest waste type contributing to fly-tipping incidents in England. 

According to the data, almost nine per cent of incidents in England in 2014/15 were of commercial waste. 

Additionally, commercial waste incidents rose from 65,000 in 2013/14 to 77,000 in 2014/15. This equates to a rise of 18 per cent.

The dumping of white goods has also been a major problem, with incidents rising from 13,000 incidents in 2012/13 to 34,000 in England.

There was a further smaller increase in 2014/15 of white goods, up by 25 per cent to 42 thousand incidents in England.

Green waste is also a major problem in the UK, in addition to electrical waste, oil waste, animal carcasses and chemical waste.