By the Guardian (Pamela Duncan): The capital accounts for 40% of illegal dumping in England, with next nine largest cities recording a further 12%, according to data from Defra.
Animal carcasses and armchairs, bathtubs and boilers … and more than 200,000 instances involving black bags of rubbish – fly-tipping is on the rise again across England, costing its 10 biggest cities more than £32m in cleanup and enforcement costs in 2014/15. Over that period there were 16 dumping incidents recorded per 1,000 population in England – but the rate in London was more than two-and-a-half times higher, and both Manchester and Liverpool experienced twice as much dumping per head than the national average.
The UK capital accounted for more than 40% of recorded fly-tipping incidents in the year to March 2015 at a cost of more than £25m in combined cleanup and enforcement. The next nine largest cities – Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and Sunderland – accounted for a further 12% of the dumping incidents recorded last year.
Having improved in the years to 2012/13 the number of fly-tipping incidents rose to 900,000 last year.
Items dumped across the London in the last reporting period included more than 100,000 instances of black bags dumped by households and businesses, almost 10,000 fridges, washing machines and other white goods, and 1,600 animal carcasses.
London accounts for seven of the 10 worst areas for fly-tipping per head of population. The east London borough of Newham had the highest rate.
Newham council said that the increase was partly due to an investment in technology and staff to tackle the issue locally. “We have new smartphone technology, linked directly to our refuse vehicles which means reporting, and collecting of tips has increased dramatically,” a spokeswoman said, noting that a 37% increase in fly-tipping between April to September mirrored a rise in the number of residents reporting incidents through the Love Newham app.