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How Much Does Fly Tipping Cost This Country


A recorded one million occurrences of fly-tipping were handled by local councils within England between 2016 and 2017, which cost the taxpayer around £58 to sort out.

It is the fourth consecutive year that there has been an increase.
Around 56,000 penalty fines were given out by councils to those found to have illegally dumped waste.

In accordance with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), two-thirds of all fly-tips contained domestic rubbish.

Between April 2016 and March of the following year, a staggering 1,002,000 incidents of fly-tipping was dealt with by councils, an average of 114 per hour.
This figure had increased by 7% (66,000) in comparison to the previous year.

Figures also show that actions of enforcement such as an investigation or warning culprits had dropped a little.

Overall, there were 474,000 action of enforcement given in England between 2016-17, which is 20,000 less than the previous year, however, 56,000 penalty fees were handed out for smaller dumping offences.

Every council within England were appointed new rules in May 2016 to help enforce a harsher consequence for fly-tipping offenders, on top of their already current powers on tackling the waste problem.

A meat firm based in Birmingham called Premium Halal Meat & Poultry was prosecuted in a magistrates court in the month of July 2016, and ordered to pay the biggest penalty of the year, which was £25,541.

After being prosecuted by the Birmingham City Council, the businesses needed to pay the penalty and costs.

The victim pays the price of removing the waste.

George Winn-Darley says the £400 penalty fee for fly-tipping offenders is half the price of what is costs him to clean up his land.

The Aldby Park country area at Buttercrambe, near the Chelsea Football ground in the East Riding of Yorkshire, has plenty of fly-tipping incidents.

The most recent occurance, a work force took 46 hours between them all to remove it, piling up two trailers full of rubbish and costing £800, twice the cost of a maximum penalty fee.

Mr Winn-Darley said this: “The penalty fees are extremely ineffective. Local councils need to increase the fines, take away vehicles and give prison sentences. Currently, the victim pays the price for removing the waste and it costs more than the fixed fee.”

Tip is Just 5 Miles Away

Daisy White, a crime author, says she is seeing the incidents of fly-tipping increase within west Sussex.

She said: “In recent weeks people have been dumping household appliances, waste and more in the verge close to us.

“Thankfully our local city council removed the fly-tipping in a fast and effective manner, and haven’t charge us. But, the tip for this waste is only another 5 miles away.”

Commonly, the most popular for waste dumping is at the side of a road.
Defra says that around 67% of all fly-tipping contains domestic rubbish.

All the occurance which involved domestic rubbish had increased up by 8% from 2015-16.

In accordance to these results Defra commented: “A lot of local councils have improved how they remand and report fly-tipping in recent years, so this rise over time needs to be seems with some delicacy.”

Harsher penalties must occur say the Country and Land Business Association (CLA).

Authorities have the ability to issue a maximum £400 fine for smaller scaled incidents, which occurred 56,000 times last year.

The figures shown by Defra are only from those given by local councils, who are not liable for removing waste from private property.

Members of the CLA – which range from landowners and business men, to farmers – say that cleaning up the waste dumped on their private land set them back £100m – £150m each year.

Ross Murry, president of the CLA, said: “The result of fly-tipping is not victimless. Landowners are depended on to remove other peoples waste and pay the cost. If they leave it untouched then they face a prosecution for illegally storing waste, which isn’t fair.”

Unacceptable Issue

“The public would be more enthused to go through the correct channels and remove waste properly if the facilities to do so were made available to them and ensure that fly-tipping penalties are kept in place.

But first, we must witness stricter fees which will put people off doing this. More often than not, it is more costly for us to dispose of the dumped waste than the fee that should be given to the culprit. It is important to match the penalties to the seriousness of the issues, like the seizure of any vehicles used.

A spokesperson from Defra said: “The issue of fly tipping is unacceptable on the environment, which is why stricter guidelines are put into place to give councils the ability to give out on-the-spot penalties to culprits.

“We’ve also made it less complicated for transportation suspected in the use of fly-tipping to be stopped, checked and taken away, and will keep working with locals to put out this issue.”

75,614 was the biggest occurance of fly tipping, which occurred in Enfield in London. It was an increase of 7% from the year before and averages 228 fly-tipping circumstances for each 1,000 resident.

A spokesperson from the Enfield Council said these numbers were obviously staggering and were due to the way in which different councils track fly tipping data.

He said: “This staggering piece of information arose due to, not like Enfield, but other local councils fail to report fly tipping that is cleaned up before the public ring it in. If we in Enfield took a similar approach we would have about 5,900 incidents of fly-tipping, meaning we would be lower than Waltham Forest, Camden and Barnet.”

The organisation that represents councils, the Local Government Association, said that sorting out this issue was pulling money from other needed services.
Martin Tett, the environment spokesman for the association, said: “The Government has implemented our idea to allow councils to hand out penalty fees for smaller fly tipping incidents – so this is a move forward.

When culprits are taken to court, the councils must have a quicker and more efficient legal platform that would allow them to hit the culprits with harder fines. Also, certain companies should provide a ‘take back service’ in which customers can return out-dated furniture when buying a new one.

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