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Flytipping down 7.5 per cent across England

Flytipping down 7.5 per cent across England

DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS News Release (News Release ref 331:/08) issued by COI News Distribution Service. 16 October 2008

Flytipping on public land across England has decreased by 7.5 per cent in a year, according to new figures published by Defra today.

As well as flytipping decreasing overall, enforcement action and successful prosecution for flytipping increased on previous years.

The key findings in the report are:

* Flytipping on public land is down overall by 7.5 per cent.

* The total number of flytipping incidents recorded, excluding Liverpool City Council (LCC), was 1.24 million in 2007-08.

* Twenty-six per cent increase in the number of enforcement actions issued by local authorities.

* There were 1,871 prosecutions for flytipping carried out in 2007-08 and 95 per cent of these achieved a successful outcome.

* Eleven per cent of all flytips involved single black bags.

* Fifty per cent of recorded flytips occurred on the highway.

* Sixty per cent of the flytips dealt with by local authorities involved household waste. This is approximately the same as 2006-07.

* Flytip incidents appeared 50 per cent higher last year due to a reporting anomaly by Liverpool City Council. This has now been corrected. Waste Minister Jane Kennedy said:

"Flytipping 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 flytipping.

"Local authorities are doing well in the fight against flytipping, 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 flytipping a thing of the past."

The Flycapture report from can be seen at

Notes to editors

1. The statistics and information about Liverpool City Council and their reporting methods can be found in the report.

2. Eighty-eight per cent of fly tipping takes places in predominantly urban authorities covering 63 per cent of the population

3. Fifty-two per cent of fly tipping occurred within the 86 most deprived areas compared with 77 per cent in 2006-07.

4. The number of inspections carried out by local authorities to check for compliance with the waste duty of care has increased from 25,745 in 2006-07 to 39,485 in 2007-08.

5. The estimated cost of clearance of illegally dumped waste reported by local authorities in this period was £73.8million. Forty-eight per cent of this cost was due to clearing flytips equal to a small van and transit van size loads of waste.

6. It is estimated that local authorities spent £16.8million on enforcement action against flytipping in 2007-08.

7. The Environment Agency(EA) dealt with a total of 700 flytips in 2007-08 (a decrease from 982 in 2006/7)

8. The flytips the EA dealt with are estimated to have cost them £94,000

9. The EA took forward 183 prosecutions, resulting in over £401,000 in fines (an increase from 161 prosecutions in 2006/7)

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