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Fly-tipping down while prosecutions are up according to Defra figures

Local authorities in England carried out 23.2% more prosecutions against fly-tipping this year compared to last, according to statistics released today by the Department for environment, food and rural affairs (Defra).

The data comes from Flycapture, the national database of fly-tipping incidents and enforcement action set up by Defra, the Environment Agency (EA) and the Local Government Association (LGA), that are dealt with by local authorities.

This year’s data gives a fairly positive picture as it confirms that on average incidences of fly-tipping are down on last year while prosecutions are up. The main headlines from the data are as follows:

·         Local authorities in England have dealt with nearly 947,000 incidents of fly-tipping, an 18.7% decrease on the 2008-9 figures

·         63% of all fly-tips dealt with by local authorities involved household waste

·         The estimated cost of clearance of illegally dumped waste, reported by local authorities in this period  was £45.8m, a reduction of £9.2m compared to last year

·         Local authorities carried out around 537,000 enforcement actions in 2009-10, up 2.3% from 2008-9

·         Local authorities carried out 2,460 prosecutions against waste offenders in 2009-10, up 23.2% from 2008-9

Commenting on the figures Environment Minister Lord Henley said: “We’re encouraged by the efforts being made by local authorities to tackle fly-tipping but there is no room for complacency.

“A total of nearly 947,000 incidents is unacceptable by any standards and fly-tipping is clearly still significant problem.  We must all work together to stamp out this continuing blight on our neighbourhoods.”

Today’s figures do not include waste which is fly-tipped on private land as that is the responsibility of the landowner.

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