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Illegal Waste

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what volume of waste he estimates was illegally fly-tipped in each year since 1992, broken down by the nature of the waste. (84067)

DEFRA has worked with the Environment Agency to establish Flycapture, the national database on fly-tipping, which has been operational since April 2004. Before this database was established, no national data were available on illegal waste disposal or fly-tipping.

Flycapture collects summary data by waste-type, land-type and size of incident at local authority level only. Data on the volume of waste fly-tipped are not available, however English waste collection authorities reported a total of 891,170 incidents between April 2004 and March 2005. It is also important to note that the data are probably an underestimate and will increase as authorities get better at collecting and reporting fly-tipping incidents.

The number of incidents of fly-tipping by waste-type, reported to Flycapture by English local authorities between April 2004 and March 2005, are set out in the following table:

Waste Type

Number of incidents

Animal Carcass

7,481

Green

38,700

Vehicle Parts

14,651

White Goods

52,933

Other Electrical

17,664

Tyres

22,028

Asbestos

2,627

Clinical

2,0.53

Construction/Demolition/Excavation

46,483

Black Bags Commercial

36,265

Black Bags Household

234,144

Chemical Drums Oil Fuel

3,734

Other Household

256,923

Other Commercial

24,529

Other

130,445

The number of incidents of fly-tipping by size, reported to Flycapture by English local authorities between April 2004 and March 2005, are set out in the following table:

Size of Fly-tip

Number of incidents

Single Item

315,818

Car Boot or Less

242,335

Small Van Load

189,793

Transit Van Load

94,132

Tipper Lorry Load

19,441

Significant Multi Loads

5,699