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Local authority recorded fly-tipping

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  • Release date: 7 December 2016
  • Period covered: 2015-16
  • Next update: 16 November 2017
Summary of fly-tipping incidents, enforcement actions and prosecution outcomes.

The annual report previously published as National Statistics was discontinued in 2014, following the consultation ‘Proposals concerning the publication of Official Statistics’. We have reinstated the publication of StatsWales tables and headline figures and whilst the figures are no longer designated as “National Statistics”, they continue to be published in accordance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.

Key points

  • During 2015-16, local authorities in Wales reported 36,259 fly-tipping incidents, representing an annual increase of around 4,500 incidents (14 per cent). Previously, the number of incidents had consistently fallen from a peak of nearly 62,000 incidents in 2007-08 to around 31,700 in 2014-15.
  • The annual change in the number of incidents at local authority level varied, with the highest percentage increases in Merthyr Tydfil (67 per cent), Cardiff (59 per cent), Torfaen (53 per cent), Pembrokeshire (47 per cent) and Swansea (37 per cent). In terms of the number of incidents, the largest increases were in Cardiff (increase of 2,309 incidents) and Swansea (increase of 1,625 incidents). The largest percentage decreases were in the Vale of Glamorgan (41 per cent) and Wrexham (33 per cent).
  • The number of fly-tipping incidents on highway land (i.e. public highways or roads) has increased to almost 20,000 incidents. The highest proportion of reported incidents (55 per cent) occurred on this type of land during 2015-16.
  • The proportion of fly-tipping incidents involving household waste increased to 71 per cent in 2015-16, from 67 per cent in 2014-15.
  • Estimated fly-tipping clearance costs have risen from £1.8 million in 2014-15 to £2.1 million in 2015-16.
  • During 2015-16, 29,621 enforcement actions were taken in Wales; an increase on the 24,115 taken in 2014-15. Of those where local authorities carried out prosecutions, 89 per cent resulted in a fine.

Background Information

The statistics are based on the returns made by local authorities to the Waste Data Flow database. The statistics do not cover fly-tipping incidents on private land, and not all incidents of fly-tipping will be reported to the local authority.


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