Fly Tipping Reports Return to Pre-Pandemic Levels

1 February 2023

For the 2021/22 year, local authorities in England dealt with 1.09 million fly-tipping incidents, a decrease of 4% from the 1.14 million reported in 2020/21.

Enforcement actions rose beyond pre-pandemic levels, reaching 507,000 incidents, an 11% increase compared with 465,000 in 2020/2021, while fixed penalty notices were up by 58% to 91,000, compared with 57,700 issued the year before last. There was also an increase in court issued fines, which tripled from 621 in 2020/2021 to 1,798 last year.

Highways (pavements and roads) have consistently been the most common land type for fly-tipping incidents over time, accounting for over two fifths (43%) of all incidents in 2021/22. In 2021/22 there were 464,000 incidents, a decrease of 5% from 2020/21 (486,000 incidents).

Fly-tipping on council land was the next most common land type for fly-tipping incidents, accounting for 17% of all incidents, with ‘footpaths and bridleways’ next (15%). Incidents on council land such as housing estates, car parks, parks and offices decreased by 5% to 185,000 incidents from 196,000. Footpath and bridleway’ incidents decreased by 15% to 168,000 from 199,000 incidents.

Click here to read the fly-tipping statistics for England, 2021 to 2022.

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