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Flytipping mapped – is your area a hotspot for illegal dumping

There were over one million incidents of fly-tipping in England last year, with at least half of people getting away with it. Councils recorded 1,082,673 incidents of fly-tipping in 2022/23, according to the latest data from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

That works out as 123 incidents an hour on average, and 19 incidents for every 1,000 people. The total is down slightly from 1,091,019 cases the previous year, a change of 1%.

In 2020/21 there were 1,138,347 incidents of fly-tipping, and in 2019/20 there were 979,728 incidents. You can see how many incidents took place in your local area, as well as what was illegally dumped, by using our interactive:

A total of 41,941 of the fly-tipping incidents last year were a tipper-lorry load or larger in size. That works out as 4% of the total, or around one in every 25 incidents. Those incidents cost £13,166,488 for councils in England to clear.

A further 490,306 incidents were for van-sized loads. Another 281,910 were car boot-sized, 162,287 were single items, and 71,725 were black bag-sized. Councils took some form of action 536,325 times last year. Those could include an investigation, warning letter, community order, fine, or even criminal prosecution.

However, that only equates to 50% of incidents, meaning that many people who dumped rubbish illegally will have faced no consequences. That?s assuming each action only relates to a single incident. A total of 58,612 warning letters were issued. In addition to that, 20,607 fixed penalty notices were issued specifically for fly-tipping.

Councils in England issued a combined total of £784,923 in fines last year.

There were 1,082,673 incidents of fly-tipping across England in 2022/23. That works out as 123 incidents an hour on average, and 19 incidents for every 1,000 people.

The total is down slightly from 1,091,019 cases the previous year, a change of 1%. In 2020/21 there were 1,138,347 incidents of fly-tipping, and in 2019/20 there were 979,728 incidents.

A total of 41,941 of the fly-tipping incidents last year were a tipper-lorry load or larger in size. That works out as 4% of the total, or around one in every 25 incidents. Those incidents cost £13,166,488 for councils in England to clear.

A further 490,306 incidents were for van-sized loads. Another 281,910 were car boot-sized, 162,287 were single items, and 71,725 were black bag-sized. Councils took some form of action 536,325 times last year. Those could include an investigation, warning letter, community order, fine, or even criminal prosecution.

However, that only equates to 50% of incidents, meaning that many people who dumped rubbish illegally will have faced no consequences. That?s assuming each action only relates to a single incident. A total of 58,612 warning letters were issued. In addition to that, 20,607 fixed penalty notices were issued specifically for fly-tipping.

Councils in England issued a combined total of £784,923 in fines last year. In the fiscal year 2021/22, 1,091,019 cases of fly-tipping were reported in England, yet only 91,013 fixed penalty notices were issued, as per the Labour analysis based on data from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). This means 92% of those responsible for illegal waste dumping have avoided punishment.

Fly-tipping is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and can result in a warning, formal caution or prosecution. In response to this trend, Labour has pledged to establish specialised ?clean-up squads? in England and Wales for fly-tippers, rubbish dumpers and vandals, ensuring that ?those who make the mess clean up the mess?.

They will be given fixed penalty cleaning notices that will be managed by local authorities. Last year Shadow justice secretary Steve Reed said: “The Conservatives have allowed fly-tipping to go unpunished – leaving communities feeling broken and powerless as they head down a spiral of social and economic decline.

“A Labour government will clean up Britain. We will introduce clean-up squads to ensure those who make the mess, clean up the mess.? A Conservative source said: “We’re taking no lectures from Labour when it comes to tackling fly-tipping. The latest statistics show that two of the best performing councils in the country were Conservative.

“The two worst in the country were Liverpool and Gateshead, issuing just two fixed penalty notices despite over 24,000 incidents of fly-tipping under Labour.” A Defra spokesperson said: “The fact is fly-tipping incidents are down 4%, fixed penalty notices are up 58% over the past year and half a million enforcement actions have been taken – but we are determined to do more to tackle this pernicious activity. That is why we have raised the available penalties, increased scrutiny on the use of enforcement powers and awarded councils grants to tackle fly-tipping.”

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