OFFICIAL SENSITIVE: FOR INFORMATION – PUBLICATION OF 2016/17
OFFICIAL FLY-TIPPING STATISTICS FOR ENGLAND
Publication: 9:30am Thursday 19th October 2017
You have privileged access, in advance of official release to the 2016/17 Fly-tipping
Statistics for the sole purpose of being able to respond completely when questions
arise at the time of release. Any accidental or wrongful release should be reported immediately to the lead
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Please prevent inappropriate use by treating this information as restricted
Chris Preston, Defra
PS/ Thérèse Coffey
PS/Secretary of State
Wednesday 18th October 2017
We will be publishing Official Statistics on England’s annual fly-tipping incidents and
actions for 2016/17 in line with the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics
Authority on Thursday 19 October. The release has been pre-announced in line with
the National Statistics Code of Practice.
An advance copy of the Statistics Notice and associated datasets are attached for
your information and you are receiving the release one day prior to publication as
currently permitted under this Code.
This submission is to inform you of the latest headline data before publication.
The Official Statistical Notice for Fly-tipping Statistics for England,
2016/17 will be published on the gov.uk website at 9.30am tomorrow morning
(Thursday 19 October).
To note the latest England Flytipping Statistics for 2016/17 show that:
Local Authorities dealt with around 1 million (1,002,000) fly-tipping incidents, a
7% increase on 2015/16.
In line with the previous year, two thirds (67%) of fly-tips involved household
The most common place for fly-tipping to occur was on highways, which
accounted for 49% of total incidents in 2016/17; up 4% increase from 2015/16.
Local authorities carried out 474,000 enforcement actions in 2016/17, costing
around £16 million, a decrease of 20,000 actions and £0.9 million from 2015/16.
Local Authorities carried out 1,571 prosecutions for fly-tipping offences in
2016/17, a decrease of 25% on 2015/16; 98.4% of prosecutions resulted in
The number of fixed penalty notices issued increased by 56% to 56,000 in
2016/17, accounting for 12% of all enforcement actions.
The estimated cost of clearance for fly-tipping to local authorities in England in
2016/17 was £57.7 million.
Policy content and further work
1. In May 2016 we implemented the Government’s manifesto commitment to
introduce Fixed Penalty Notice (FPNs) for small-scale fly-tipping. We gave local
authorities in England the power to issue FPNs of up to £400. This provided local
authorities with an alternative to prosecutions and enabled them take more
proportionate enforcement when necessary. The fly-tipping statistics reported
20,000 more FPNs were issued in 2016/17 compared to the previous year, whilst
the number of prosecutions was lower. [REDACTED]
the total value of fines increased by 7% from 2015/16.
Annex 1 – Background on Flytipping