1. The number of cases is decreasing

The number of fly-tipping cases in Nottingham has decreased since 2014/15 up to now – with over 3500 fewer cases in 2018. However the size of the dumped material is on the up, with the most common size of fly-tipped material equivalent to a small van load.

2. Some strange things get dumped…

There were 223 cases of dumped animal carcasses in Nottingham in 2017/18, making it the local authority with the 7th highest figure in the UK, after Birmingham and Westminster took first and second place respectively. In September 2018, a Mansfield local made the news after finding a cat dumped in a field in a carrier bag, which also contained the bodies of two other cats and the body parts of a pig.

3. Where does it happen?

The most common place for fly-tipping to occur in Nottinghamshire is on highways, which accounted for 68% of total incidents in the county in 2017/18. In fact, the number of highway incidents in the county has increased by 109% from 2016/17. Footpaths and bridleways closely follow highways in popularity, and council land is the third most-favoured place to fly-tip by fly-tippers.

4. What else gets dumped?

Nationally, over 49,299 white goods (major household appliances that are often white in colour, such as refrigerators/freezers/washing machines, etc) were dumped in 2017/18. White goods dumped in the East Midlands accounted for almost a tenth of this figure (4,771) and a hefty 637 of these were dumped in Nottingham. This is despite Nottingham City Council being one of only a handful of councils in the country to offer a free bulky waste collection service for such items. In fact, in February 2019, a van that was allegedly used specifically to fly-tip fridges – particularly on an A52 lay-by – was seized and crushed by Rushcliffe Borough Council.

5. Fly-tipped material can be harmful to our health

In 2017/18 there were 21 cases of asbestos being fly-tipped in Newark and Sherwood, and there’s been a further 35 so far between 2018/19. Asbestos is the term given to a group of minerals made up of microscopic fibres, which, if inhaled can damage your lungs and lead to health complications including cancer. Its use is now banned in the UK, however in houses built prior to 2000 it may be have used for insulation, flooring and roofing. If the asbestos remains intact within these buildings it poses almost no risk to health – but if damaged or disturbed, tiny fibres are released into the air and can be breathed into your lungs. Now, any work involving asbestos materials, including its removal and demolition requires a license issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE.)

6. The number of prosecutions for fly-tipping might surprise you…

There were only two prosecutions for fly-tipping in Nottingham last year, costing the local authority £1275 – but this was made back through fines. Mansfield, Gedling and Bassetlaw were the county’s districts with the highest number of prosecutions – with 8 each – costing local authorities a total of £7645.

7. …considering the total number of incidents!

Last year there was a total of 68,470 fly-tipping incidents in the East Midlands – and around 24% of these occurred in Nottinghamshire districts.