Bradford hotspot for illegally dumping waste

Michael Lloyd

May 29, 2018

Bradford had the largest number of fly-tipping incidents in 2016/17 at 852, Sell House Fast has found.

This was swiftly followed by Leicester (745) and County Durham (534).

Two local authorities situated in the South East can be seen in fourth and fifth place: Thanet, at 524 and Brighton and Hove, with 517 reported residential fly-tipping incidents.

Robby du Toit, managing director of Sellhousefast, said: “Household rubbish, white goods and garden waste are among the most frequently fly-tipped items. It is so important for homeowners to dispose of their unwanted items responsibly.

“It’s a shared task and perhaps, more needs to be done to encourage individuals to recycle. Services need to expose more clearly where relevant help and information can be found.”

Rounding off the top 10 local authorities most affected by reports of fly-tipping on residential land are Tameside (491), Birmingham (399), Dartford (280), Rochdale in the North West (267) and Wakefield – with 258 incidents recorded.

However, as local authorities such as Lichfield, Shropshire, Stoke-on-Trent and Warwick reported no incidents of fly-tipping on residential land in 2016/17.

It is important to note many local authorities have started to improve the way they capture and report fly-tips over the past few years.

Yet figures from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs showed the local authorities dealt with over 1 million fly-tipping incidents in 2016/17 – a rise of 7% on figures in 2015/16.

Two thirds (67%) of total fly-tipping incidents involved household waste in 2016/17 – an upsurge of 8% on 2015/16.

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