On 2 March 2017, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) published Fly tipping statistics for England 2015-16 on incidents and actions taken in England for the period from April 2015 to March 2016, which show that:
• Local authorities dealt with 936,000 fly-tipping incidents, a 4% increase on 2014-15.
• 67% of fly-tipping involved household waste, an increase of 6.5% on 2014-15.
• The most common place for fly-tipping to occur continues to be on highways (50% of total incidents, a 7.9% increase on 2014-15).
• Incidents on footpaths and bridleways increased by 8% on 2014-15 (although fly-tipping in back alleyways decreased by 6.7%).
• A third of all incidents consisted of the equivalent of a small van load, with the second largest size category being equivalent to a car boot (29% of incidents). This is similar to 2014-15.
• The estimated cost of clearance for fly-tipping to local authorities in 2015-16 was £49.8 million.
• Local authorities carried out 494,000 enforcement actions in 2015-16 at an estimated cost of £16.9 million (nearly a £700,000 decrease in cost on 2014-15).
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