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Leicester is the worst place in the East Midlands for fly-tipping

Leicester is the worst place in the East Midlands for fly-tipping Photo: PA Pictures

More than 10-thousand incidents of flytipping have been reported to Leicester City Council between 2010-2011. That's according to a recent study by the GMB public services union.

In the same period, Derby reported 8,789 fly tipping incidents making it the second highest in the region. It was followed by:

  • Nottingham (8,249 incidents)
  • Northampton (7,230)
  • Newark and Sherwood (1,362)
  • East Lindsey (1,315)
  • Corby (1,111)
  • North West Leicestershire (1,009)
  • North Kesteven (1,005)
  • Kettering (985)
  • Mansfield (954)
  • Lincoln (925)
  • Wellingborough (910)
  • Bassetlaw (901)
  • Chesterfield (899)
  • South Derbyshire (856)
  • Ashfield (759)
  • Bolsover (746)
  • Gedling (743)
  • Rushcliffe (729)

Not only is fly-tipping illegal but it is damaging to the environment and according to the Environment Agency it costs £100-150m per annum to clean up. Local authorities need to target fly-tipping to improve their policing of the problem - out of 820,000 incidents last year there were only 2,500 prosecutions throughout England and Wales.

– GMB spokesperson

We do our very best to keep our streets clean and tidy and free of rubbish but a lot of people just seem to leave it out on the streets.

– Adrian Russell, Leicester City Council

The data for fly tipping incidents reported by local authorities is compiled and published by the Department Energy, Food, and Rural Affairs (Defra).