The UK's Fly Tipping Problem

The government published figures which covered 2019/20 which showed over 75,000 fixed penalty notices were issued for illegal fly tipping in the UK.


Councils in England dealt with 976,000 fly-tipping incidents, an increase of 2% from the 957,000 reported in 2018/19, with the most common size category being equivalent to a ‘small van load’ of waste (34% of total incidents), followed by the equivalent of a ‘car boot or less’ (28%)


The government stated “Fly-tipping is completely unacceptable, and these cynical offenders need to know that councils are taking increasing action and that they face on-the-spot fines of £400 or up to five years in prison if convicted in court.

Many waste facilities closed in late March 2020 after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people should stay at home, except for essential travel.

This prompted calls in April for tips to be reopened after councils observed a surge in fly-tipping.

The latest figures, released by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), cover incidents in the 12 months to the end of March 2020.

Bamber Young can provide a service to assist local authorities and members to enforce Fly Tipping and devise an effective strategy. Contact us for further information.

Information Source - Government - BBC-Defra
Source Defra - Excluding City of London