Latest figures show drop in fly-tipping
14 December 2011
The latest fly-tipping figures, released this week, show the number of offences is down and prosecutions are up in 2011 after every local authority in England submitted its results to the Environment Agency.
Councils dealt with almost 820,000 fly-tipping incidents - down by 13.5% on the previous year, although some of the reduction was due to changes in reporting rules.
The estimated cost to local authorities of clearing illegally dumped waste was £41.3 million, a reduction of 9.8% from the previous year.
Most incidents cleared by councils involved a small van-load of material or less. Almost half was dumped by the side of roads. Of the fly-tips dealt with by local authorities, 63% involved household waste.
Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said: "Dumping rubbish along highway verges and other public places is irresponsible, damages the environment and spoils everyone's enjoyment of the countryside.
"Fly-tipping figures are down and prosecutions are up, but the menace of fly-tippers still cost taxpayers more than £40 million every year.
"That's why we're cracking down by giving enforcement authorities stronger powers to seize suspected fly-tippers' vehicles, and working with the courts to make sure the punishment fits the crime."
Fiona Ashurst from Keep Britain Tidy said: “While it is heartening to see a decrease in the amount of dumped waste local authorities have to clear up, figures are still too high.
“Fly-tipping is a blot on the landscape and makes our communities look neglected. There is no excuse for it. People need to take responsibility for all their waste and dispose of it in the correct way.”