Enfield borough Council has revealed that it miscounted “thousands” of fly-tipping incidents which were cleared up by council officers but not included in final statistics.
According to 2010/11 figures, the number of fly-tipping incidents in the borough fell to 5,000 – a reduction of 1,000 on the 2009/10 figures.
However, the council has announced that 14,000 fly-tipping incidents cleared up by the council had not been accounted for in the figures submitted to Defra and the Environment Agency via Flycapture, pushing the total to around 19,000 for the year.
According to Enfield council figures, the number of incidents recorded rose from around 400 a month to 1,600.
Enfield council cabinet member for environment Cllr Chris Bond said: “It looks as though the Council has for some time not been counting thousands of fly-tips which they have cleared up but not included in their statistics. As an open and transparent council we are obliged to be upfront about this.
“The good news is that now we have a clearer picture of the problem we can make moves to tackle this urban menace.”