PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION No X
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): What steps the Environment Agency is
taking to prevent illegal fly tipping on farms.
FACTS AND FIGURES
For the 2016/17 year, local authorities dealt with over 1 million (1,002,000) fly-
tipping incidents, a 7% increase from 2015/16. The Environment Agency dealt
with 218 incidents of large-scale illegal dumping of waste in England.
The estimated cost of clearance for fly-tipping to local authorities in England in
2016/17 was £57.7 million.
Local authorities carried out 474,000 enforcement actions in 2016/17 at an
estimated cost of around £16 million, a decrease of 20,000 actions and £880,000
in cost from 2015/16.
Two thirds (67%) of fly-tips involved household waste. Household waste incidents
saw an increase of 8% from 2015/16.
The 2016/17 fly-tipping statistics for England were published on 19 October. The
statistics show a year-on-year increase in the number of fly-tipping incidents that
local authorities dealt with over the last five years. [REDACTED] In May 2016 we
implemented the Government’s manifesto commitment to introduce Fixed Penalty
Notices of up to £400 for small-scale fly-tipping. We strengthened local
authorities’ and Environment Agency’s ability to search, seize and destroy
vehicles of suspected fly-tippers. We have cracked down on offenders by
strengthening the Sentencing Council’s Guideline for environmental offences,
which came into force on 1 July 2014. [REDACTED]