Britain’s 10 Worst Fly-Tipping Areas

british worst fly-tipping areas

Did you know that London boroughs are the worst in the country for illegal fly-tipping? Find out where the UK’s 10 most common areas for fly-tipping are and what you can do to make a change, here.

The 10 Most Common Fly-Tipping Areas in Britain

A Freedom of Information request by the Press Association has revealed that 6 out of 10 of Britain’s fly-tipping hotspots are in London. However, this illegal waste disposal is on the rise throughout the country. Of 201 councils surveyed, 529,462 incidents were reported in the last year.

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The borough with the worst case is Haringey in North London. The council recorded 96 incidents per thousand people in one year. That’s 25,709, almost 1 incident for every 10 residents!


Second place went to Croydon with a shocking 18,558 fly-tipping reports over the last 12 months.


Westminster came third with 17,922 reported cases between 2014 and 2015, up 800 case from the previous year.


In fourth place was Greenwich. 14,096 cases of fly-tipping were recorded, three times its figure of 5,174 from two years ago.




We head south for fifth, to Plymouth, where 13,503 reports were made.


Position number six goes to Gateshead. Thecouncil here had to deal with 9,089 fly-tipping incidents.

Hammersmith and Fulham

Next was Hammersmith and Fulham with 8,097.

Kensington and Chelsea

Surprisingly, in eighth was Kensington and Chelsea at 7,046.

Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth was ninth with 5,493 recorded instances of fly-tipping.


And last but not least, in close tenth was Burnley at 4,663.

How Can We Prevent Fly-Tipping

Across the country, councils are implementing measures to tackle this fly-tipping head on. Investigators are analysing the rubbish to try and figure out where it came from, hidden and visible CCTV cameras are being set up in known areas to catch repeat offenders and patrols are being run too. Some councils are even educating residents about the dangers of fly-tipping.

On a personal level, there are a number of things you can do to prevent fly-tipping. The first is to get a handle on your own waste.

Most areas offer weekly recycling collection, fortnightly rubbish removal and a free one-off service for large household items, such as sofas or wardrobes. But if you find you have too much waste to fit in your bin, you could enlist the services of a registered waste collection service.

british worst fly-tipping areas

For larger jobs, such as house renovation or garden landscaping, why not hire a skip? In many cases, much of the waste will even be recycled on your behalf after collection!

Other ways to reduce the amount of waste you have include upcycling unwanted items into useful or saleable furniture or decorations, starting a composting heap in your garden or donating books, magazines and newspapers to local public services like hospitals, dentist surgeries or care homes.


If you’re looking for someone to collect, transport and recycle your domestic or commercial waste in South Wales or the surrounding areas GD Environmental can help. GD Environmental is a specialist in treating and disposing of waste safely and sustainably. Find out more by calling 01633 277755 today.


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