Fly-tipped waste discovered four times a day in the East Riding, new figures reveal

Fly-tipped waste is discovered in the East Riding of Yorkshire four times a day on average, figures reveal.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 2:17 pm
1,442 fly-tipping incidents were reported to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council in 2019-20, the figures reveal. Photo: PA Images

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs data shows 1,442 fly-tipping incidents were reported to the East Riding of Yorkshire Council in 2019-20 – 96 more than the previous year.

The Local Government Association warned that the offence costs taxpayers almost £50 million a year to clear up.

Dumped waste was found on the East Riding’s roads and pavements 774 times accounting for 54% of incidents, 143 discoveries were made on footpaths and bridleways (10%) and 481 in back alleyways (33%). Fly-tipped rubbish can include household waste, white goods and construction waste.

Environmental Charity Keep Britain Tidy says the crime is being driven by conmen who offer to remove household rubbish for a fee but do not dispose of it correctly.

Across England, the most common amount of rubbish dumped and reported to councils is equivalent to a small van load.

Rubbish loads of this size accounted for 34% of all 976,000 fly-tipping incidents nationally last year.

Across the East Riding, small van loads of waste were dumped illegally on 632 occasions – 44% of all reports.

A further 45 incidents saw fly-tippers discard enough rubbish to fill a tipper lorry each, costing the council £9,000 to clear.

There were also 16 incidents which required multiple loads to clear, at a cost of £6,400.

David Renard, environment spokesman for the Local Government Association, said: “Fly-tipping is inexcusable.

“We continue to urge the Government to review sentencing guidelines for fly-tipping, so that offenders are given bigger fines for more serious offences to act as a deterrent.”

The East Riding of Yorkshire Council took action over 602 fly-tipping offences in 2019-20.

The authority undertook 398 investigations, wrote 14 warning letters and issued 18 fixed penalty notices.