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Scourge of fly-tipping costs taxpayers £58m in just ONE YEAR – 80 times the amount collected in fines

MORE than £57.6m has been ploughed into cleaning up fly-tipping – almost 80 times the amount collected in fines over the scourge.

Taxpayers’ cash has been funnelled into tackling the mess dwarf the total amount in fines – which just reaches £722,966.

Councils across England have ploughed millions of pounds to clean up fly-tipping
Councils across England have ploughed millions of pounds to clean up fly-tipping

London alone has ploughed almost £18.4m into cleaning up everything from animal carcasses, white goods, tyres and chemical drums, found across the city’s back alleyways, highways, footpaths and railways.

The second-highest spender is North West, which forked out £9,247,374, while Yorkshire and The Humber ploughed £4,944,730 into clean-ups in the 2016-2017 year.

But London was only able to scrape together £259,400 in fines in the same period, with North West and Yorkshire and The Humber making £75,469 and just £41,371, respectively.

The figures, released by Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, further revealed a total of 100,2154 incidents have been reported across England, with the mess hauled away in car boots, small vans, and tippers and it costing £6.09m alone to bring in tippers to clean more than 23,000 huge hauls.

Councils have been forced to fork out millions of pounds to tackle fly-tipping
Councils have been forced to fork out millions of pounds to tackle fly-tipping
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Rubbish was dumped on a farm access road in Manchester earlier this year
Rubbish was dumped on a farm access road in Manchester earlier this year
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Among the rubbish dumped this year were animal carcasses, white goods and other waste
Among the rubbish dumped this year were animal carcasses, white goods and other waste
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Thousands of pounds worth of fines have been handed out to tackle the problem
Thousands of pounds worth of fines have been handed out to tackle the problem
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More than 9,900 incidents needing multiple loads to cart away the rubbish were also recorded, costing £3,834,125.

Overall, two thirds of a staggering 1,002,154 cases recorded in 2016-2017 involved household waste.

Enfield has reported the most fly-tipping in the 12 months, reporting an astronomical 75,614 incidents, with most including on the highway.

Other areas hit with the worst number of cases also included Haringey with 33,333 cases, and Manchester, with 28,508.

Those with the lowest rate of fly-tipping include the Islands of Scilly, who recorded no fly-tipping issues, and Oadby and Wigston, who reported 17.

More than 12,300 incidents involving tyres were recorded across England in 2016-2017
More than 12,300 incidents involving tyres were recorded across England in 2016-2017
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More than one million incidents of fly-tipping were dealt with by councils
More than one million incidents of fly-tipping were dealt with by councils
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Downing Street has previously condemned fly-tipping as “unacceptable” and said local councils had been given “the tools they need to tackle this problem”.

An Enfield Council spokesperson said the high figures for the area had arisen because local authorities reported fly tipping in different ways.

He said: “Enfield is one of the cleanest borough’s in London and the Council is one of the most efficient local authorities in the country in keeping the streets clean and dealing with fly tips.”

It comes after it was revealed fly-tippers will be forced to clean up rubbish under plans revealed this year.

Nearly a million fly-tipping incidents were recorded in England last year, up five per cent in 12 months.

In one particularly bad incident, travellers sparked a huge clean up of 500 tonnes of rubbish this year, with the mounds branded a biohazard, as deadly as asbestos.


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