Six of the top ten 'worst areas for fly-tipping' across the UK in London

Fly-tipping is on the rise across the country, new research reveals. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

A London borough has been named the worst in the country for fly-tipping - and of the ten worst areas identified, six are in the capital.

Haringey council recorded 96 incidents of fly-tipping per thousand people in the past year - or almost once incident for every ten residents.

Freedom of Information requests by the Press Association reveal that fly-tipping is back on the rise across the UK - after years of the problem being in decline.

201 councils recorded a total of 529,462 incidents over the past year - and the cost of dealing with the mess created are rising as well.

The worst areas, according to the responses given from the councils, are below:

1. Haringey

In total between 2014 and 2015, a total of 25,709 instances of fly-tipping occurred, compared to 31,045 in the previous year - and 12,398 between 2012 and 2013.

2. Westminster

Westminster council recorded 17,922 instances of fly-tipping over the past year - compared to 17,121 in the year previous to this, and 19,021 between 2012 and 2013.

  • Great Yarmouth

Over the last year, Great Yarmouth council recorded 5,493 instances of fly-tipping.

  • Burnley

Between 2014 and 2015 Burnley council recorded 4,663 instances of fly tipping.

5. Greenwich

Over the past year, Greenwich Council recorded 14,096 instances of fly-tipping - a huge increase from the previous years. Between 2012 and 2013, the council dealt with 5,174 incidents, and between 2013 and 2014, this number grew to 12,159.

  • Plymouth

Plymouth City Council had to deal with 13,503 incidents of fly-tipping within the area.

7. Croydon

Croydon council recorded a total of 18,558 instances of fly-tipping over the past twelve months - up from 15,108 incidents between 2013 and 2014 and 11,149 the year before.

8. Hammersmith and Fulham

Hammersmith and Fulham recorded a total of 8,097 instances of fly-tipping in the council area last year.

  • Gateshead

Over the past year, Gateshead Council has had to deal with 9,089 fly-tipping incidents - compared with 7,286 incidents between 2013 and 2014 and 5,035 in the previous year.

10. Kensington and Chelsea

Kensington and Chelsea officials recorded 7,046 incidents of fly-tipping over the past year - compared with 6,934 incidents between 2013 and 2014, and 7,528 the year before.

Brent council in London saw the biggest year-on-year-rise in fly-tipping incidents, up 84% from 2013/2014 to 2014/2015.

Councils are using a number of measures to tackle the problem, including investigating rubbish for evidence of where it came, using CCTV and hidden cameras, running patrols with police and education campaigns to warn residents they are responsible for where their waste ends up.

Some are also providing one-off skips for dumping domestic items in problem areas or free bulky waste collections for households - and around two-fifths of councils recorded a reduction in fly-tipping in the last year despite the overall rise, the figures show.