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This is an up-date to an earlier post Environment Agency report vague about large-scale fly-tipping. I have now received a reply to my information request.

Of the 113 prosecutions the EA made in 2018/19 only one was for fly-tipping. They wrote that:

A column in this report shows which cases related to illegal dumping. The ones so noted include any which might be regarded as fly tipping cases, although we do not use this term in our data.

They identified 12 prosecutions as being for “illegal dumping”. However on closer examination and clarification from DEFRA 11 of them were for offences committed on waste management sites. The remaining case was definitely for fly-tipping. The fine and costs were shown as £2,000 and £2,500 respectively and under other penalties it said “Compensation £260 -Thinking Skills for fly-tipping at £55 per month”.

This is a copy of the spreadsheet provided by the EA (see FOI request) to which I have added colours to identify the 12 cases and copied their details onto a second tab for easy reference.

Interestingly in their report Regulating for people, the environment and growth, 2018 the EA make one reference to “fly-tipping” but 5 to “illegal dumping”.

EA fail to prosecute large scale fly-tippers

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