There has been a huge increase across London in fly-tipping, the illegal dumping of rubbish, in the past 12 months. Data from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs shows a 41% increase in incidents in 2013/14, up to 327,000 from 232,000 in the previous 12 months.
Incidents had been decreasing for the past 5 years, but are now back to a similar level as 2009/10.
The borough with the worst problem in London, and in England, is Newham. The East London borough recorded 67,900 incidents last year, up from 28,400. Newham accounts for more than 20% of all the incidents in London.
The council spent around £3 million cleaning up the problem and has launched an app to make it easier for people to record and report incidents.
Newham records twice the number of incidents of any other borough. Both Haringey and Enfield have more than 31,000 incidents. But 9 London boroughs, including Newham’s neighbour Barking and Dagenham, have fewer than 2,000. The cleanest streets are in Kingston with just 339 recorded incidents.
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and councils have a number of sanctions open to them from warning letters to prosecutions. The most common action is a fixed penalty notice, which means a fine of £50. Newham issued 7,000 such notices last year, but did not prosecute anyone.
Enfield, with the second highest number of incidents, issued more than 3,000 fixed penalty fines and prosecuted 415 people.