Fly-tipping incidents continue to rise in England

As fly-tipping incidents surpass the one million mark in England, the government is proposing heftier fines while green groups are recommending giving local authorities a slice of landfill tax

Since 2013/14 the number of fly-tipping incidents has increased year on year. Photograph: Graham Corney/123RFFly-tipping incidents reported by local authorities in England increased by 7% in 2016/17 compared to the previous year, according to the latest statistics published by DEFRA.

The figures, published on 19 October, put the number of reported incidents at just over one million (1,002,000). By comparison there were 936,000 incidents recorded in 2015/16.

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