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Fly-tipping project success


Each year it is estimated to cost between £100-150 million to investigate and clear fly-tipping in England and Wales- this is only on private land and paid for by tax payer's money. This figure does not include incidents on private land where there is currently little statistical information on these occurrences. Landowners and farmers have a legal obligation to clear fly-tipping waste from their land, which can run into thousands of pounds to clear.

Launch of New Pilot Project

In May CPRE Hampshire launched an important pilot project to assess the scale of fly-tipping, especially on private farmland and woodland where there is currently no comprehensive information and with the aim of better preventing and dealing with the problem in the long-term.

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Fly-tipping project group executive and fly-spotters

For the first time in the South of England, CPRE Hampshire is working with the major stakeholders to counteract the blight of flytipping. The project's overseeing committee includes the NFU, CLA, East Hampshire District Council and the Environment Agency. The project has received funding from the South Downs Sustainable Development Fund.

The project seeks to trial a number of different approaches:

  • using volunteer reporter ('Fly-spotters') who will be the eyes and ears of the local community
  • testing out different ways of reporting fly-tipping
  • looking at the problem on farmland as well as on public land
  • bringing together the work of the District Council and Environment Agency to assist and advise farmers and land managers with investigations and how to cope with the problem.

Flyspotters reports

Currently we have over 100 fly-spotters feeding information into our database, including reports from land managers, farmers, CPRE members and the local community. The results of our quarterly review show that approximately 40% of the flytipping instances collected through our project are on private land - which does indicate a large gap in current national estimates. Our research has also shown that in this particular area there seems to be a trend in the amounts of fly-tipped rubbish.

We have seen a pattern of smaller scale tips (a couple of bags of rubbish to a van full) in certain locations, which does suggest these tips are being dumped by people living near and who have specific knowledge of the area. The assumption is that people do not drive long distances to dump relat ively small amounts of rubbish; however these results must be taken with some caution and compared with the overall data collected within the year.

The Way Forward

CPRE held a meeting with Hampshire County Council representatives to discuss ways we can improve waste operations in the County in order to reduce fly-tipping. Our discussions included the current procedures and facilities for disposing of rubbish.

It was agreed that HCC would provide residents and businesses with clearer information on their rights, responsibilities and the facilities on offer to legally dispose of waste. We also discussed support for farmers and land managers and whilst direct support is not currently seen to be within the remit of HCC, we used the data to emphasise the burden and discussed other ways to reduce the problem, including 'share a skip', whereby small businesses could share legal disposal facilities on the site of one participating business.

Keep Up To Date

We will keep you updated on our activities through our newsletter and website. However, if you would like to receive a quarterly fly-tipping email update, or would like more info on our project please contact Becky at

This article first appeared in Autumn Update (Dec 2010) (PDF).

This page last updated 4th February 2011.



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