Incidents up, enforcement down: Countryside Alliance respond to latest fly-tipping statistics - Countryside Alliance

The latest fly-tipping statistics for England, have been published today (8th December 2021).

The latest figures show that while the number of fly-tipping incidents have increased (by 16%), the overall number of enforcement actions taken are down.

The 2020/21 reporting period covers the first year of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic may have impacted on the levels of fly-tipping seen in 2020/21.

Responding to the figures, Sarah Lee, Director of Policy and Campaigns at the Countryside Alliance said: "These figures confirm the shocking scale of the problem before us. From quiet rural lanes and farmers’ fields to bustling town centres and residential areas, fly-tipping continues to cause misery across the country. It is incredibly concerning to see that despite a substantial increase in fly-tipping incidents, enforcement action is down. Fly-tippers, be they acting alone or as part of an organised criminal gang, need to know that their selfish actions will result in robust punishment. We must also continue to urge the public to play their part by ensuring those carrying out waste removal have the correct documentation. Lockdown and the subsequent closure of tips only exacerbated this situation and we would urge local authorities to think very carefully about preventing access to these facilities in future."

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Posted On: 08/12/2021

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