Last month, Defra published new statistics on the number of fly-tipping incidents recorded across all local authority areas in England and Wales. The latest figures, covering the year 2010/11, illustrated a 13.5% reduction in the number of incidents recorded nationally. This may seem like a relatively unusual dataset to comment on through this blog, but the level of fly-tipping taking place across the county is important for two reasons; the cost to local authorities in clearing sites and the psychological impact that fly-tipping can have on communities. Residents often tell us that an attractive local environment is important to them, and in the most recent Citizens’ Panel ‘clean streets’ was considered to be the fifth most important factor in making somewhere a good place to live, ranked more important than job prospects, public transport and activities for teenagers amongst other things.
Here are some headlines taken from the Warwickshire data on fly-tipping…
- In 2010/11, there were 2,718 fly-tipping incidents in Warwickshire recorded on Defra’s FlyCapture system (the official monitoring system for this dataset)
- This represents an increase of 12.8% on 2009/10, conflicting with the national trend
- However, all of this increase is due to a rise in the number of incidents recorded in Warwick District, which rose from 351 to 955 in 2010/11 and is likely to be a consequence of a change in recording practices
- Elsewhere in the county, figures were down in 2010/11 with each of the other four districts/boroughs recording fewer incidents
- That reflects recent trends more accurately, as prior to 2010/11 incidents had falllen for three consecutive years
- According to the Flycapture system, a total of 311 actions were taken against fly-tippers in 2010/11 in Warwickshire
- More than half of fly-tipping incidents across the county involved household waste (55%)
- The average cost of dealing with a fly-tipping incident, nationally, was £75. This includes both removal and legal costs. Applying this average locally means that the county spent more than £200,000 on dealing with fly-tipping in 2010/11.
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