£10,000 spent on fly tipping

Figures released this week have revealed that Erewash Borough Council spent nearly £10,000 dealing with fly tipping last year.

But the authority failed to successfully prosecute anyone despite taking enforcement action 242 times.

The figures come from Freedom of Information requests sent to every council in the country by campaign group AnyJunk.

They showed that there were 238 fly tipping incidents in the borough in 2011 to 2012 –roughly six every square mile.

This figure was up 11 per cent on the previous year when there were 215 incidents.

Erewash was one of 38 per cent of boroughs in the country where fly tipping has increased.

Incidents have decreased in 60 per cent of boroughs and decreased across the country by 9.1 per cent overall.

Only 0.6 per cent of incidents were succesfully prosecuted nationally.

In neighbouring Broxtowe, there were 451 incidents – down one per cent on the previous year.

This worked out at about 15 per square mile.

Broxtowe Borough Council spent more than three times as much as Erewash with a total of £32,384.

But 0.2 per cent of its prosecutions were successful.

Fly tipping in Amber Valley was up 41 per cent and the council spent 14,098 cleaning up. Half a per cent of its prosecutions were successful.