Latest fly-tipping statistics for England

The latest fly-tipping statistics for England are now available.

The latest fly-tipping statistics summarise the number and type of fly-tipping incidents and the enforcement actions taken against fly tipping in England.

fly tipping statistics 2024In 2022/23, 42,000 – around 4% – of total incidents were of ‘tipper lorry load’ size or larger.

This is an increase of 13% from 37,000 in 2021/22.

For these large fly-tipping incidents, the cost of clearance to local authorities in England in 2022/23 was £13.2 million.

This is in comparison with £10.7 million in 2021/22.

In the Antisocial Behaviour Action Plan, government committed to “increase transparency of the data on the use of on-the-spot fines, including publishing league tables on fly-tipping”. 

This release contains a set of tables to meet this commitment.

“Illegal deposit of waste”

Fly-tipping is the illegal deposit of waste on land contrary to Section 33(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The types of waste fly-tipped range from ‘black bag’ waste to large deposits of materials such as industrial waste, tyres, construction material and liquid waste.

Fly-tipping is a significant blight on local environments; a source of pollution; a potential danger to public health and hazard to wildlife. It also undermines legitimate waste businesses where unscrupulous operators undercut those operating within the law. 

“A serious issue”

Waste crime remains an enormously serious issue.

It undermines investment, growth and jobs within the waste and resources industry and threatens the natural environment.

Awareness of illegal activity in the sector is increasing.

When quantified, it was estimated (National Waste Crime Survey) in 2021, the last year for which estimates are available, that the economic impact of waste crime in England  was at least £1 bn per year. An increase of 55% from the £604 m estimated in 2015.

Local councils and the Environment Agency (EA) both have a responsibility in respect of illegally deposited waste.

Local councils deal with most cases of fly tipping on public land. Meanwhile, the EA investigates and enforces against the larger, more serious and organised illegal waste crimes.

For full details of the figures and tables click here.

For information and guidance on Waste Crime and Fly-Tipping check out the CIP Environmental Manual.