DEFRA reveals rise of organised criminal fly-tipping activity

The risk of detection and enforcement is not keeping up with a rise in larger-scale fly-tipping, DEFRA statistics indicate.

English councils spent £12.9m on clearing fly-tips left by tipper-trucks, or similar vehicles of similar size in 2018/19, up from £12.2m. A total of 36,000 of them were reported, slightly more than 2017/18, according to a government report issued yesterday.

At the same time, only 2,052 court fines were issued in response to such serious criminality, a 6% rise. Although there was a much more dramatic increase in the amount of money obtained from them, rising 29% to £1,090,000, this is still a fraction of the financial burden of clearing them. The figures mean that the average fine for each major fly-tipping incident in England was only £531.

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