England councils dealt with over 900,000 incidents of fly-tipping in 2014/15
Incidents of fly-tipping are on the rise throughout England as local authorities launch fly-tipping prevention schemes in an attempt to tackle the growing problem.
Figures released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) reveal that local councils throughout England handled over 900,000 incidents of fly-tipping in the year 2014/15. This figure represents an overwhelming 5.6 per cent rise compared with the previous year.
Fly-tipping is a crime often considered the blight of the scenic countryside but it is also on the rise in towns and cities. The London borough of Newham is the area most affected by fly-tipping in England, with the council there tidying up more than 70,000 cases each year.
Those who commit this type of crime often choose to dump their waste on highway roads, but alleyways, footpaths, country roads and even busy streets are also affected.
In 2014/15, local authorities spent £50m tidying up illegally dumped rubbish; an 11 per cent increase on the previous year. However, costs don’t stop there, as councils must then pay enforcement and prosecutions costs when someone is caught. In 2014/15, English councils spent a further £17.6m on these additional costs.
However, prosecutions against fly-tipping offenders are taking a tumble despite the increase in incidents. Local councils in England prosecuted 1,810 individuals in 2014/15; a 9.6 per cent decrease on the year before.
Those responsible for fly-tipping offences could find themselves in magistrates court and hit with a 12-months jail sentence and/or handed a whopping fine of up to £50,000. However, these hefty deterrents don’t seem to be preventing fly-tippers from offending.
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