Fly-tipping costing taxpayers £58 million

Over one million incidents of fly-tipping were dealt with by councils in England last year, making it the fourth year in a row that incidents increased.

Figures show that there were 1,002,000 cases of fly-tipping handled by councils in England between April 2016 and March 2017, equivalent to 114 every hour. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said that 67 per cent of fly-tipping was household waste, with the most common place for waste to be dumped being the side of the road.

Local authorities, who have the power to give people a fixed penalty of up to £400 for small-scale dumping, handed out approximately 56,000 notices during the year.

Defra said: "Many local authorities have started to improve the way they capture and report fly-tips over the past few years, so the increase over time should be interpreted with some care."

The Country and Land Business Association, whose members face the cost of cleaning up rubbish dumped on their land, said the total cost came to between £100 million and £150 million a year.