Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 3rd April 2017.

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Photo of Viscount Goschen Viscount Goschen Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many instances of fly tipping have been reported in each of the past three financial years; and how many successful prosecutions have been brought over the same period.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The number of instances of fly-tipping reported by local authorities, and the number of successful prosecutions brought over the last three years are set out in the table below.

Financial year

Number of Incidents

Number of successful prosecutions










The data is published on the GOV.UK website.

The overall trend in fly-tipping incidents had shown a steady decline between 2007/08 and 2012/13 until 2013/14 when there was an increase to 852,000 incidents. Prosecutions have been more variable, with a peak in 2011/12. The 2015/16 figure is more average.

Many local authorities have started to improve the way they capture and report fly-tips over the past few years, so the increase over time should be interpreted with some care. It has also been brought to our attention that the definitions used to describe fly-tips are interpreted broadly from the guidance.

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