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Scale of flytipping uncovered in York


11:03am 1st September 2011
(Updated 2:55pm 1st September 2011)

Over £52,000.

That's roughly how much flytipping cost the City of York Council last year.

Illegal rubbish was dumped 75 times every hour in England and Wales last year.

Official figures show nationally it cost taxpayers £40m.

Liz Levett, head of Environmental Enforcement at City of York Council, said:

“Fly tipping is not tolerated in York and the council will take appropriate enforcement action, which ultimately could lead to some people ending up in court.

“Every month all local authorities, including York, report on any fly tipping incidents reported to them on DEFRA’s ‘fly capture’ database. There were 932 incidents reported in 2010/11, but there is a degree of duplicate reporting as different people can report the same incident more than once.

“All of this information collated helps local authorities to deal with incidents on a like-for-like basis, which attempt to tackle reoccurring trends.

“But it’s misleading and over simplistic to look at one year’s figures in isolation without understanding the way in which the data is complied, weighted and costed via the database.

“The council is not complacent and there now even more and more easier ways for people to report incidents, so the council can continue working with local communities to tackle fly tipping  - so we can all love where we live in York.

“For help and advice call the Street Environment team on 01904 551551.”


New figures from the Countryside Alliance have uncovered the enormous scale of illegal fly-tipping, over 75 incidents per hour in Britain during 2010-11.

Figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal that:

  • At least 656,000 incidents of unlawful rubbish dumping were recorded in the year from April 2010 to March 2011.
  • There were 75 incidents of fly-tipping every hour, more than one a minute, and the cost to the public purse of clearing them stands at over £66,000 per day.
  • The cost of clearing the waste alone was just under £25 million, yet only one in 50 cases led to a prosecution. In cash-strapped rural local authorities, the rate of prosecutions dropped to just 3 in every 1000.1
  • Local authorities and the Environment Agency carried out 386,010 enforcements in response to fly-tipping incidents at a total cost of nearly £16m. However there were just 11,792 prosecutions for fly-tipping offences in the year from April 2010 to March 2011.
  • The total cost to local authorities of clearing and then enforcing legal and punitive actions was £40,128,197 million yet only £692,000 was collected in fines, less than 2% of the money spent.

Alice Barnard, Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance, said:

"Fly-tipping blights our countryside, ruining the beautiful views for which Britain is rightly famous, endangering wildlife and habitats and costing the taxpayer millions of pounds to clear up.

"The coalition Government promised to end this scourge when they published the Waste Review this summer. This is a promising start, however they need to work closer with cash-strapped

By raising the landfill tax in the budget, and with more cuts coming to council budgets, this problem is only going to get worse."

"We need a coordinated plan which ensures people who fly-tip are caught and punished and provides greater support to local authorities and landowners who bear the brunt of the cost of clearing up the mess."

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