CIWM responds to the Defra fly-tipping statistics for England for the year 2021/22

CIWM is encouraged by reductions in fly-tipping, but says overall levels remain too high.

CIWM is encouraged by the decrease in fly-tipping incidents as shown in the Defra fly-tipping statistics for England for the year 2021/22. That said, while it is pleasing to see a 9% reduction in fly-tipping of household waste, overall levels of fly-tipping are still too high.

CIWM also welcomes the news that court fines have tripled, with the size of those fines having doubled, and that the number of enforcement actions is returning to pre-pandemic levels. The 58% increase in the use of fixed penalty notices (FPNs), especially by local authorities, shows real intent from regulators to crack down on this anti-social behaviour, and we hope to see a continuation of this trend, as well as further progress on reducing the number of fly-tipping incidents, in next year’s statistics.

CIWM Policy & External Affairs Director, Lee Marshall, said: “It is heartening to see the decline in fly-tipping, especially of household waste, but there is still a lot of work to do. The action taken by local authorities and the courts is positive and is exactly what we have wanted to see. Hopefully this will serve as a deterrent to future fly-tipping as people see there is an increased chance of getting caught. The 5% decrease in incidents of fly-tipping on highways is also an impressive achievement.”

Furthermore, CIWM would like to see faster progress being made on the development and rollout of digital waste tracking. CIWM believes that being able to track all waste from the point of origin to its final destination will make even greater inroads in reducing the prevalence of fly-tipping across the whole country.

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