Birmingham is one of the biggest fly-tipping hotspots in England, with more than 40 incidents every day on average.
Data released by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has revealed the scale of the problem across the country, with almost 1 million incidents recorded in England in 2017-18.
In Birmingham, there were 15,993 fly-tipping incidents in the 12 months to March, one of the highest numbers of any local authority in England. An increase of 14% from five years ago, when there were 14,043.
Overall across England fly-tipping has increased by 40% over the same period.
Tipping incidents in Birmingham most commonly involved single items or bags of rubbish, rather than larger volumes of waste. However, the city is also seeing increasing numbers of large-scale tips, involving a lorry load of rubbish or more.
Cllr Majid Mahmood, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Waste and Recycling has responded to Defra’s publication of fly-tipping stats for 2017/18: “Whether it is one bag of rubbish, a fridge or the contents of a house clearance, any fly-tipping in this city is completely unacceptable. When cases are reported, we investigate – and when evidence is available, we prosecute.
“If you fly-tip and are caught – and the likelihood is that you will – the consequences mean it is simply not worth the risk.
“We know from resident surveys that clean streets are the number one priority for the people of Birmingham. We will do everything we can to offer a modern, effective and efficient waste management service.
“But the responsibility for clean streets extends much further than this. Everyone from individual citizens to businesses of all sizes have a role to play in ensuring clean streets in Birmingham. But we know there is a small minority who do not share this aim. Legal action is always a last resort, but we will use it wherever necessary.
“We need credible information and evidence when prosecuting those who sadly do not share the city’s aim for clean streets. I am grateful that community-minded individuals are stepping forward to support our work to tackle those who have no interest in the city’s appearance.
“The eight per cent increase in reported cases during 2017/18 must be viewed in the context of the extensive period of industrial action that affected the refuse collection service. When this is taken into account, it is understandable that there would be an increase – and our other work on enforcement has helped minimise this number across the wider 12-month period.
“I’d urge anyone with information on fly-tipping or other waste offences to come forward with evidence. We can only achieve clean streets by bringing those responsible to justice. If we receive that information, we will prosecute as is shown by a range of recent cases.”
To report fly-tipping, visit: birmingham.gov.uk/flytipping