Key Statistics


  • For the 2016/17 year, local authorities in England dealt with around 1 million (1,002,000) fly-tipping incidents, a 7% increase from the previous year.

  • Two thirds (67%) of fly-tips involved household waste. Total incidents involving household waste increased by 8% from 2015/16.

  • Consistent with previous years, the most common place for fly-tipping to occur was on highways, which accounted for almost half (49%) of total incidents in 2016/17.

  • The number of highway incidents has increased by 4% from 2015/16.

  • As in the last few years, the most common size category for fly-tipping incidents in 2016/17 was equivalent to a ‘small van load’ (33% of total incidents), followed by the equivalent of a ‘car boot’ (27%).

  • The estimated cost of clearance for fly-tipping to local authorities in England in 2016/17 was £57.7 million.

  • Local authorities carried out 474,000 enforcement actions in 2016/17, costing around £16 million, a decrease of 20,000 actions and £0.9 million in cost from 2015/16.

  • The number of fixed penalty notices issued increased by 56% to 56,000 in 2016/17. This is now the second most common enforcement action (after investigations), and accounted for 12% of all enforcement actions in 2016/17/

Photograph courtesy of Keep Britain Tidy