Fly-tipping incidents have dropped by nearly ten per cent in the past year but the environment minister says more needs to be done.
New statistics published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs show fly-tipping has dropped by 9.3 per cent, as incidents fall from 1.28 million in 2007/08 to 1.16 million with half of these occurring on highways.
However, the cost of clearing up illegally dumped waste has totalled £54.9 million this year.
Environment Minister Huw Irranca-Davies said: Fly-tipping is unacceptable and a stain on our environment, which costs local authorities in England tens of millions of pound each year that could be spent on local services. All waste can and should be disposed of responsibly.
I am pleased to see a reduction of over nine per cent in incidents, but 1.16 million is still too many. It affects our lives wherever we live and local authorities, Government and people need to play their part in stopping it.
Enforcement actions by local authorities increased by 3.9 per cent to over 520,000, including 2,000 prosecutions. Defra says it will continue to work with the Environment Agency and local authorities to prevent illegal waste activity through a combination of education, prevention and enforcement.
In addition, Government is taking action to decrease fly-tipping incidents such as; reviewing legislation to make it easier for businesses to dispose of their waste correctly; campaigning to businesses about responsible waste management; working with local authorities to create anti-flytipping strategies; and raising awareness through future campaigns on changing the behaviour of those responsible for illegally dumping their waste.