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FLY TIPPING – A COSTLY RURAL CRIME – FARMERS AND LAND OWNERS NEED INSURANCE

Fly tipping on private land is a very common occurrence throughout the UK. Sadly, the land owner becomes responsible for the clean-up costs and these can run into many thousands of £pounds.

The numbers are frightening. In 2020-21 there were over a million fly tipping incidents which represented an increase of 16% from the previous year. The actual clean up costs are more than £1bn per annum and part of those costs have to be absorbed by land owners who are left to pay the clean-up costs when rubbish is dumped on their land.

Where fly tipping is discovered on public land, then the Local Council is responsible for investigating, clearing the waste and taking appropriate enforcement action when possible. Larger scale fly tipping (lorry loads) are the responsibility of the Environment Agency.

Farmers and land owners should check that they have a good insurance policy in place to take care of the huge costs that are often associated with the clearance of fly tipping wastes.

The numbers:

Source: DEFRA Fixed Penalty Notices issued specifically for fly-tipping Fixed Penalty Notices issued for Household Duty of Care Littering Fixed Penalty Notices issued in conjunction with fly-tipping All Other Fixed Penalty Notices issued  Total Fixed Penalty Notices
2018/19  12,608  255  36,939  27,161  76,963
2019/20  13,416  2,503  28,015  31,511  75,445
2020/21  14,198  1,689  27,974  13,760  57,621

Action taken:

Source: DEFRA Total Actions Investigation Warning Letter Duty of Care Inspection Statutory Notice Fixed Penalty Notice Stop and Search Prosecution Formal Caution Injunction Vehicles seized
2007/08  503,662  276,773  122,546  41,769  33,332  23,575  2,032  2,209  1,423  3 :
2008/09  524,796  274,168  128,506  54,240  39,372  22,240  2,323  1,995  1,946  6 :
2009/10  537,123  298,254  116,554  51,179  37,191  25,874  3,542  2,457  2,067  5 :
2010/11  568,052  275,687  139,118  62,624  47,276  32,963  5,689  2,409  1,847  385 :
2011/12  489,815  253,030  84,505  52,016  49,990  39,314  4,479  2,796  3,585  4 :
2012/13  425,235  231,022  71,962  47,506  32,445  35,433  3,373  2,170  863  416  45
2013/14  499,563  299,536  65,164  47,746  45,093  36,835  2,323  2,002  765  14  85
2014/15  514,914  314,962  74,642  45,165  37,966  38,149  1,339  1,810  807  3  71
2015/16  494,528  314,900  70,434  43,765  24,973  35,888  1,098  2,203  1,127  11  129
2016/17  475,784  306,601  47,384  38,979  21,918  57,271  357  1,571  1,504  2  197
2017/18  494,926  314,092  46,758  38,813  21,675  68,905  846  2,243  1,454  3  137
2018/19  500,725  313,870  46,746  38,831  19,608  76,963  799  2,401  1,298  2  207
2019/20  474,066  295,904  43,094  36,110  18,679  75,445  746  2,945  722  3  418
2020/21  455,577  315,698  43,251  19,719  15,001  57,621 652  1,412  1,886  2  335

The costs:

Source: DEFRA Clearance Cost Enforcement Cost
2007/08 £63,660,866 £17,520,948
2008/09 £54,966,562 £18,310,392
2009/10 £45,778,579 £19,094,665
2010/11 £41,276,026 £20,647,763
2011/12 £37,411,597 £17,669,650
2012/13 £36,585,739 £15,208,741
2013/14 £45,407,171 £17,328,577
2014/15 £50,732,983 £17,607,676
2015/16 £50,015,488 £16,908,788
2016/17 £57,966,874 £16,073,682
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