Growing illegal dumping problem costs £20 million to clear up

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Clearing up illegally dumped rubbish cost taxpayers in London nearly £20 million in the last financial year.   8 of the 10 councils in the country with the biggest problem for fly-tipping are in London, and the problem is getting worse with a 12% increase in dumping incidents in the past 12 months.

Newham has the biggest problem in the country, as it did in the previous year, with more than 70,000 incidents recorded. Enfield had more than 50,000, a 57% increase on 2013/14. In comparison there were fewer than 1,000 recorded incidents in Kingston.

The clear up costs in Newham alone came to £3.34 million. Haringey and Enfield are both paying in excess of £2 million and Croydon and Southwark paid more than a million.

Fly-tipping in London
Number of incidents Clear-up costs
Newham 70,192 £3,339,219
Enfield 50,121 £2,015,058
Haringey 25,709 £2,193,945
Southwark 25,583 £1,063,934
Croydon 18,560 £1,568,123

Newham says that the large number of incidents may be down to better reporting thanks to 7-day a week street cleaning and improved technology for recording incidents.

Two thirds of the incidents in Newham involved fly-tipping on roadsides. Among the things dumped were 1,200 so-called white goods, such as fridges and washing machines.

Enfield recorded 1,322 incidents of fly-tipping on railway lines. It is a problem peculiar to the area as next nearest council with such incidents was Lewisham with just 7.

Clearing up in Haringey and Croydon costs double that of the other boroughs with the most substantial problems. The cost per incident in Croydon was £84.48 while in Newham and Enfield it is around half that. Haringey and Southwark recorded a very similar number of incidents but the clear up costs in Haringey are double those of Southwark.

The data gathered from the councils show that Enfield prosecuted 249 people for fly-tipping, more than any other London council. Newham took action in more than 8,000 cases, half of which involved a warning letter. It issued more than 2,000 fixed penalty notices fines and in a statement said that it had prosecuted 318 people for fly-tipping and littering, but no prosecutions for fly-tipping are recorded in the data from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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Fly-tipping hits 5 year high with Newham suffering the biggest problem

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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.

Fly tipping

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.

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The rate of recycling and composting of household rubbish in London is well below the average for England and in nearly half the boroughs in London recycling levels are down.

Latest data from the Department of Food and Rural Affairs shows that in 2013/14 across England 43% of the waste collected went for recycling or composting.  In London it was 34%. And the performance of some councils falls well below that.  The lowest rate is in Lewisham and Newham with just 18% of rubbish recycled.  Wandsworth also performed poorly and is one of 15 councils that has seen its rate fall.

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In 2011/12 Wandsworth was recycling 28% of collected waste.  In 2013/14 that was down to 20%. Over the same period recycling has dropped in Hammersmith and Fulham from 30% to 21%.

A few boroughs are showing London the way.  Bromley has achieved 50% and in Bexley is has climbed to 55%.

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