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Local Authorities £50m bill for dealing with fly-tipping

2014 photo of an illegal fly tip site alongside the Thames estuary at Purfleet in Essex. Credit: PA

Local authorities in England spent an estimated £50 million clearing up illegally dumped waste in 2014/15, figures released by the government claim.

The statistics, released today by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, also show that around 900,000 incidents were dealt with in the same period, an increase in fly-tipping of 5.6% on 2013/14.

The costs of clearing up illegally dumped waste, two thirds of which was household rubbish, in places such as streets, alleyways and council land was nearly £50 million, a rise of almost £5 million on the year before.

It is the second rise in fly-tipping incidents in as many years, after years of the problem declining.


Flytipping will not be tolerated

Following the case where a woman was fined for dumping 40 bags of rubbish, Thanet Council said it would not tolerate fly-tipping.

Cllr Michelle Fenner, Cabinet Member for business, Corporate and Regulatory Services said: “We will take action against those who do so.

"Our enforcement officers work hard to catch those who litter our towns and villages, so it is encouraging to see outcomes like this.

“We should take pride in our environment, and it is sad that people who carry out such offences do so at the risk of spoiling others.

"If anyone sees any fly-tipping take place, I urge them to contact the council immediately.”

Fine for dumping forty bags of rubbish

A woman has been fined for dumping 40 bags of rubbish in Margate.

Aimee Marsh, 29, of Shakespeare Road, admitted leaving the black and blue rubbish sacks on Shakespeare Road when she appeared before appeared before Canterbury Magistrates’ Court.

She found herself in court after Thanet District Council Enforcement Officers, who monitor the area on a regular basis, found the rubbish sacks and tracked it to Miss Marsh’s property.

In Court Miss Marsh admitted she had not put her rubbish out for weeks and had just dumped it there.

She was fined £250 with clean-up costs of £467.60. She was also ordered to pay £100 costs with a £25 victim surcharge. The total payable is £842.60.

'Man with a van' dumped waste

A flytipper has been hit with a hefty fine after admitting to paying 'a man with a van' who dumped building waste on the public highway. Tarjinder Singh (Tony) Ghatahora was fined a total of £3,165 - including £400 costs awarded to Reading Borough Council.

The successful prosecution followed a report from Reading Borough Council's Housing team of flytipping on the service road behind Barnsdale Road, Whitley on May 2nd this year.

The flytipping hotspots in the east of the region

In the east, it's Medway that's worst affected by flytipping with more than 3000 incidents there last year.

Hastings had just under 3 thousand reports of flytipping; Brighton and Hove had two thousand. But Swale, Dartford, Canterbury and Crawley were all - in the top 15.

Click below for the full report from the east of the region


Is the south becoming a dumping ground for rubbish?

A report has revealed that Southampton - more than anywhere else in the west of the region - suffers most from flytipping.

The figures - from the Department for Energy, Food and Rural Affairs - show there were more than eight and a half thousand incidents last year. Basingstoke came 4th, Brighton and Hove 6th and Reading, the Test Valley, Portsmouth and Crawley - were all in the top 15.

Our councils are paying out millions of pounds each year to clean up the mess - but is it enough?

Click below for the full report for the west of the region

What a lot of rubbish!

Rubbish dumped in Kent Credit: ITV Meridian

Council officers in the South are being forced to deal with more cases of fly-tipping as people try to avoid the costs of recycling by dumping rubbish.

A new survey by the GMB shows that officers in Southampton were called to 8,708 cases of fly-tipping, the highest across the South.

While in Medway the local authority dealt with 3,130 separate incidents including a case where a man dumped builder's rubbish onto the door of a charity shop.

Community Officer at Medway Council Simon Harwood called out to fly tipping in Chatham Credit: ITV Meridian
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