Shocking rise in number of Isle of Wight fly-tipping incidents

Figures show a shocking rise in the number of fly-tipping incidents on the Isle of Wight. OnTheWight has the details.

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There are two fly-tipping incidents every day on average on the Isle of Wight, figures show.

Data released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has revealed the scale of the “epidemic” facing councils across the country, with almost one million incidents recorded in England in 2017-18.

338% increase
On the Isle of Wight, there were 827 fly-tipping incidents in the 12 months to March.

This was an increase of 338% from five years ago, when there were 189.

Across England, fly-tipping increased by 40% over the same period.

Last year the Isle of Wight council reduced the opening times at Lynnbotton Tip and Afton Marsh tips.

Increase in large-scale tips
The bulk of incidents on the Isle of Wight last year involved volumes of waste that were the equivalent of a small van load.

However, the area is also seeing increasing numbers of large-scale tips, involving a lorry load of rubbish or more.

LGA: “Unacceptable environmental vandalism”
The Local Government Association, which represents local authorities, said councils were determined to “end the scourge” of fly-tipping.

Councillor Martin Tett, environment spokesman for the LGA, said:

“This new analysis shows the scale of the fly-tipping epidemic we face in this country.

“Fly-tipping is unsightly and unacceptable environmental vandalism.

“It’s an absolute disgrace for anyone to think that they can use the environments in which our residents live as a repository for litter.”

Types of rubbish dumped
The most common type of waste dumped on the Isle of Wight was black bags of household rubbish, which accounted for 364 incidents, followed by household waste and plant and vegetation waste.

The majority of fly-tipping sites – 96% of them – were on roads.

Clearing up the rubbish and taking action against perpetrators is estimated to have cost the council around £50,600 last year.

Councils can take a range of actions against fly-tipping, from sending warning letters to launching prosecutions.

Fewer investigations
Despite the rise in fly-tipping, the number of actions being taken against perpetrators on the Isle of Wight has fallen from 189 in 2012-13 to 65 last year.

These included launching 49 investigations, sending out 14 warning letters and undertaking one inspections.

There were no prosecutions, however.

Tax payer picks up the bill
Cllr Tett continued,

“Councils are determined to protect local environments.

“New fixed penalty notice powers from the Government will help but every single conviction for more serious fly-tipping offences still results in council taxpayers having to pick up the bill.

“We need to make sure that when councils take offenders to court, a faster, more effective legal system ensures that serious fly-tipping offences result in hard-hitting fines.”

National comparison
Last year, overall fly-tipping incidents in England fell slightly by around 1% – the first fall for five years.

However, large-scale tips increased by 9% over the same period.

Since 2012-13, the number of actions taken by councils has risen by 16%.

Defra: Tough actions deliver results
A spokesman for Defra said:

“The figures show our tough actions to crack down on fly-tippers are delivering results.

“Councils are using powers to hand out on-the-spot fines to fly-tippers to good effect, and we have made it easier for vehicles suspected of being used for fly-tipping to be stopped, searched and seized.

“New fixed penalty notices for householders who pass their waste to a fly-tipper also come into force shortly, as we continue our efforts to crack down on those who blight our landscapes.”

Article shared by Data Reporter as part of OnTheWight’s collaboration with Press Association and Urbs Media

Wednesday, 21st November, 2018 8:50am



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I wonder if this could be in any way linked with the reduced hours of the recycling centres?!!!


Shows the warped and disjointed thinking of the Council. They can hardly be surprised, can’t they see the connection between reduced dump opening hours and a rise in fly tipping. Unbelievable!


ALL this was predicted and written about even before the latest reduction in opening but, as usual, those in power(?) chose to ignore all warnings. As they now have a duty to remove the waste one has to ask, “how’s it going so far?”

Some of the black bag waste will be that which people will have been unable to get into the small bins provided. Three bags and it is full. Some will be those who live in property that were unable to store waste in their miniscule property and others will be those who just dump their rubbish by, or in other people’s bins. It still happens in Ryde.… Read more »

The idea of the small bins was to incentivise people to make less rubbish and to sort more effectively. We don’t have a right to make as much rubbish as we want and then demand the ability to just toss it into the arms of the local authority to sort out.


No, not true. We are an elderly couple in retirement.Both our bins are the large ones and every fortnight, they are almost full and we recycle all we can…


Buy less junk, or break down/squash your packaging. We’re a family of four (two school kids) and have no issue whatsoever with the bin sizes.

Society encourages us to be so profligate: reject the profligacy.

@ ThomasC. There’s incentivising and there’s just plain daft. If the bins are not big enough what then? Most people recycle given the opportunity. Sometimes I have more than the 120 litre rubbish bin will hold; most times I have a lot less. It would be helpful for those who need a larger bin to have one. I realise that this is “allowed” in some cases, but… Read more »

“the black insert bin for paper and card is too small”

You can put extra recycling in clear or white bags next to your recycling bin. You still have to separate the paper/card from the plastic/metal/ glass items.

Hope this helps.

“It would be helpful for those who need a larger bin to have one” – absolutely, those with very large families, but normally just less laziness or profligacy is needed. If you have an issue with the amount of council tax you pay vs the service you receive then don’t vote Tory – the key issue at the root of this is their lowering of corporation tax,… Read more »

Amey used to have re-cycling centres locally for a day and you could dump stuff that could not be re-cycled too. We had one at Ventnor Rugby Club which I used a few times. But Council cuts mean they have gone.


Yes, while probably not as catastrophic a failing as their procurement of a dud and costly floating bridge, the decision by the Indy council to shut Forest Road recycling centre as part of their waste PFI was another stroke of gross stupidity.

What did they think would happen by making it more difficult for households to dispose of waste?

What a load of twaddle “it’s all about the reduced access to the tip” (or similar statement). That’s like saying that reducing the speed limit will cause more people to break the speed limit. it is against the law to fly tip, there is no excuse. If you can’t get to a tip, get a licensed contractor to remove the rubbish for you. it’s your rubbish, your… Read more »

I wonder what the true cost of fly tipping is now? It must be set against the so called savings from reduced hours at the recycling centres. A false economy as so many predicted.

Mark L Francis

In my yoof we filled up a dustbin a week & got money back on glass bottles & returned milk bottles each day to the milkman. Now everything has several layers of plastic wrapping, milk comes in plastic bottles (as does water)and we fill up a dustbin bag each day.

The new regulations on the carriage of waste mean that any tradesman who removes any kind of waste from your property (whether it’s their waste or yours) has to hold a Waste Carriers License. This includes house clearance, man and van rubbish removers, cleaning companies, carpet fitters, plumbers, landscape gardeners, scrap metal dealers, skip hire, builders, and more. Also check if a company is registered with… Read more »