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Huge cost revealed of fly-tipping across London and in Ealing

New data released by the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has revealed that in 2023, councils across London spent £29million cleaning up fly tipping with the cost to Ealing being £869,265.

Across England £82,688,203 was spent annually by councils on clearing up and policing fly tipping but around only 1-in-500 incidents resulted in a criminal prosecution.

London fly-tipping table
London fly-tipping table

Each year local authorities report to Defra the number and cost of how many fly-tipping incidents they have suffered and what actions they have taken. LoveJunk, an online marketplace for waste removal analysed the data from Defra to see how much councils spend on clearing up this problem and what better action can be taken.

According to Jason Mohr, founder of LoveJunk: “The current system of fines and prosecutions isn’t working. Fly-tipping rates remain broadly unchanged, the chance of fly tippers getting caught and punished are remote, and the cost to the public of clear up and enforcement huge. The way to stop fly tipping fast is simply to ban cash payment for waste collections and to require all waste collectors to show photo ID and a waste carrier license before a pickup.”

Speaking to EALING.NEWS, an Ealing Council spokesperson said: “Defra provides data on the number of enforcement actions and investigations, and prosecutions specifically for fly tipping offences, but it does not collect data on fines paid.

“In 2022/23, we issued 5,192 fixed penalty notices (FPNs)s for fly-tipping, and we are the second-best borough in the country when it comes to taking action on litter and fly tipping.

“In terms of fines paid, 57% of fly tipping FPNs and 63% of littering FPNs were paid within 2 months. We follow up the unpaid notices through the court process.”

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