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Fly-tipping clear up costs hit £50m as incidents rise

The problem of fly-tipping across England has worsened for the second year in a row, costing taxpayers almost £50 million to clean up, official figures show.

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.

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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.

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