Incidents of fly-tipping had shown steady declines between 2007/08 and 2012/13 until 2013/14 when there was an increase to 852 thousand incidents.
The number of fly-tipping incidents increased again in 2014/15 to 900 thousand incidents.
Care should be taken when interpreting this increase.
This may reflect both improvements to the capture of fly-tipping incidents as well as genuine increases in the number of incidents.
During the quality assurance process for both 2013/14 and 2014/15 data, local authorities who had reported increases for fly-tipping incidents explained the reasons for this were: the introduction of new technologies; such as on-line reporting and electronic applications, increased training for staff and a more pro-active approach to removing fly-tipping.