Fly-tipping rates in Milton Keynes are currently at their lowest in four years, according to new figures released by the Progressive Alliance.
Last month, there were approximately 267 fly-tip reports made across the borough – the lowest number since 2018.
It is also estimated that between 4,777-5,038 reports were made in the year 2021/22, which could also be the lowest in recent times.
Councillor Lauren Townsend, Labour Progressive Alliance Cabinet Member for Public Realm, said: “These figures show that our zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping works. We have made it clear that there is no excuse for fly-tipping, and have cracked down by installing CCTV in fly-tipping hotspots, prosecuting regular offenders, issuing fines, and making it far easier for people to properly dispose of waste at our tips.”
Around 85% to 90% of fly-tipping reports are about single items, such as black sacks being left on the kerbside and bins not being taken in.
This means there is only a small minority of people who go out of their way to illegally dump waste. The Council’s Environmental Crime Unit investigate these cases, and prosecute and issue fines where necessary.
Councillor Paul Trendall, Lib Dem Progressive Alliance Cabinet Member for Customer Services, added: “Conservative councillors may claim the popular tip-booking system increases fly-tipping, but the figures revealed today prove how that simply isn’t true. There are more bins across the city, and the tips now have same day bookings. We will continue to do the essentials well, and take further steps towards a cleaner, greener and safer MK.”
The positive data comes four months after the Council unveiled its fly-tipping action plan, which details what can be done to educate the public on proper waste disposal and strengthen enforcement for those who break the law.