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Local authority recorded fly-tipping

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  • Release date: 27 November 2017
  • Period covered: 2016-17
  • Next update: November 2018
Summary of fly-tipping incidents, enforcement actions and prosecution outcomes.

Key points

  • During 2016-17, local authorities in Wales reported 38,614(r) fly-tipping incidents, representing an annual increase of around 2,400(r) incidents (6 per cent).  This compares with an annual increase of 14 per cent in the number of incidents between 2014-15 and 2015-16. 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 Newport (81 per cent (r)), Carmarthenshire (78 per cent), Monmouthshire (37 per cent) and Cardiff (29 per cent(r)).  In terms of the number of incidents, the largest increases were in Cardiff (increase of 1,779(r) incidents) and Newport (increase of 1,459(r) incidents). The increases are largely down to improved recording of incidents, more pro-active recording of incidents, extra staff and new initiatives. The largest percentage decreases were in Swansea (40 per cent) and Ceredigion (35 per cent). 
  • The number of fly-tipping incidents on highway land (i.e. public highways or roads) has increased to almost 23,000 incidents. The majority of reported incidents (59 per cent) occurred on this type of land during 2016-17.
  • The proportion of fly-tipping incidents involving household waste decreased to 70 per cent(r) in 2016-17, from 71 per cent in 2015-16.
  • Estimated fly-tipping clearance costs have slightly risen from £2.1 million in 2015-16 to £2.2 million in 2016-17.
  • During 2016-17, 39,308 enforcement actions were taken in Wales; an increase on the 29,621 taken in 2015-16.  Of those where local authorities carried out prosecutions, 70 per cent(r) resulted in a fine.

Revision note

(r) Revised on 27 November 2017 following the submission of updated data by some local authorities.

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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