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Four of the top five worst places in the country for fly-tipping are in London

Camden is the second worst borough in the country for fly-tipping, with London boroughs taking up four of the five top worst spots, according to government figures released today.

More than 25 thousand illegal fly-tips were reported in the north London borough between 2018 and 2019.

Brent, Croydon, Hounslow and Haringey also had some of the highest numbers of fly-tips in the country.

Local authorities dealt with more than one million fly-tipping incidents Credit: PA

The total number of fly-tips across all the London boroughs between 2018 and 2019 was 32,4261, nearly a third of the whole country's total of 1,072,000. Leeds was the borough with the highest number of fly-tips, with a total of 32,411 reported.

Total number of fly-tips reported in London 2018 - 2019:

  • Barking and Dagenham - 2901
  • Barnet - 2167
  • Bexley - 2146
  • Brent - 23,965
  • Bromley - 3172
  • Camden - 25,765
  • City of London - 1501
  • Croydon - 22,184
  • Ealing - 12,547
  • Enfield - 5164
  • Greenwich - 15,897
  • Hackney - 13,504
  • Hammersmith & Fulham - 16,769
  • Haringey - 21,320
  • Harrow - 13,658
  • Havering - 3959
  • Hillingdon - 10,677
  • Hounslow 21,897
  • Islington - 1434
  • Kensington & Chelsea - 6836
  • Kingston upon Thames - 1589
  • Lambeth - 5379
  • Lewisham - 3542
  • Merton - 11,406
  • Newham - 14,656
  • Redbridge - n/a
  • Richmond upon Thames - 3588
  • Southwark - 14,412
  • Sutton - 3151
  • Tower Hamlets - 9228
  • Waltham Forest - 9434
  • Wandsworth - 5410
  • Westminster - 15,003

The data, from the environment department, shows nearly two thirds of fly-tipped rubbish involves household waste.

The most common place for waste to be illegally abandoned was on pavements and roads, the report said.

Councils have the power to issue fixed penalty notices for smaller instances of fly-tipping, but there have been calls for tougher sentences for those who illegally dump waste.

The Local Government Association previously said authorities are struggling to keep up with the pressures of waste disposal, amid funding cuts.

The sheer amount of rubbish dumped in England alone could stretch from the capital to Moscow, the association said.