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Fly-tipping

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

Copies of the annual report on the number of incidents of fly-tipping recorded by local authorities on the Government’s Flycapture database in 2008-09 will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses today. This report gives information on the number and type of incidents, the type of land where the incident occurred and the estimated cost to authorities of dealing with it.

I am pleased to announce that there was a reduction of 9.3 per cent. in the number of fly-tipping incidents recorded by local authorities on the Flycapture database from 2007-08. I am also pleased to highlight the good work carried out by local authorities in carrying out 2,000 prosecutions alongside over 520,000 other enforcement actions to prevent or in response to fly-tipping incidents in 2008-09.

DEFRA will continue to work with the Environment Agency and local authorities to prevent illegal waste activity through a combination of prevention, education and enforcement.

This report is also available from the DEFRA website at:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/quality/local/flytipping/flycapture-data.htm