London has the highest number of fly-tipping incidents in England, new figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) suggest.
It costs £22 million for local authorities in the capital to clear illegally dumped waste. New fly-tipping figures from Defra show that the number of household waste fly tips went up by 7% from last year with 557,600 incidents dealt with by local authorities. But overall fly-tipping incidents across the board went down by 1%.
In comparison, in the south west region, local authorities spent more than £2.6 million per year and dealt with 45,400 incidents.
A London Councils spokesman said: There is a small decrease overall in fly-tipping figures and there is a small shift in household waste fly-tipping which is upsetting. We try to encourage residents to dispose of waste in an efficient and environmentally friendly manner there is no excuse to fly-tip. Fly-tipping is unsavoury behaviour.
There may be a possible link between authorities charging for bulky household items but I cannot say that definitively. However, there is no excuse and no good reason to fly-tip.
Overall, fly-tipping across England has decreased by 7.5%. Defra suggest enforcement action and successful prosecution has increased on previous years.
There were 1,871 prosecutions for fly-tipping carried out in 2007-08 and 95% of these achieved a successful outcome.
Waste Minister Jane Kennedy said: Fly-tipping is unacceptable and a blight on public land. I am pleased to see the decrease in incidents but we still need to work on the serious environmental and social problem of fly-tipping.
Local authorities are doing well in the fight against fly-tipping, and the increased number of successful prosecutions is encouraging. No one should have to accept fly-tipping in their area and I am determined to make fly-tipping a thing of the past.