Recent data released by Bradford Council’s Waste and Fleet Service indicates a commendable improvement in the cleanliness of the Bradford District, coupled with heightened public vigilance against fly-tipping activities.

In 2023, there was a notable 25% surge in reported incidents of fly-tipping compared to the previous year. However, a closer look at the figures reveals that the monthly rise in fly-tipping reports hit its lowest point to date. Moreover, the overall volume of fly-tipped waste has seen a decline, with 49.4 tonnes collected in November 2023 and 27.94 tonnes in December 2023.

In the Queensbury area, the reduction in fly-tipping reports is particularly noteworthy, registering a 20% decrease overall and an impressive 50% drop in December 2023 compared to 2022.

Projections for the Bradford district indicate the lowest combined annual tonnages for litter-picking, fly-tipping, and clean-up efforts since the 2019/20 period. Simultaneously, the district is on track to achieve the most extensive collection of road-sweepings since 2019/20.

These statistics underscore a positive trend, indicating that the district is cleaner than in preceding years, with an increasing number of residents actively reporting illegal activities such as littering and fly-tipping. The authorities are diligent in pursuing investigations and legal action against businesses, residents, or rogue waste collectors involved in proven cases of fly-tipping.

Under waste legislation, all residents and businesses bear a Duty of Care, ensuring the disposal of waste exclusively through an Authorised Waste Carrier holding a registered ‘Upper Tier’ Waste Carrier’s Licence. Current data suggests minimal instances of direct fly-tipping by residents.

Cllr Sarah Ferriby, Portfolio Holder for Healthy People and Places, said: “These figures show that there is an increased awareness of fly-tipping amongst our residents and more confidence in reporting it to our officers. It’s great to know that people care about the district and want it to be clean and attractive.

“But we will continue to fight this problem and take what action is needed to deal with offenders. Fly-tipping is a criminal offence which will result in a court appearance, heavy fine and even a custodial sentence in some cases. We can also confiscate and crush vans being used to fly-tip.

“Householders also have a legal duty to pass their waste onto companies who are registered waste carriers or they too can end up with a fine of up to £5,000 and a criminal record. We urge anyone who discovers dumped waste to report it to us as soon as possible by ringing 01274 431000 or via this link https://www.bradford.gov.uk/transport-and-travel/report-issues/report-fly-tipping/ We can then investigate, take action to remove it and try to trace those responsible.”

In 2023, the Environmental Enforcement Team issued 120 Fixed Penalty notices for fly-tipping offences, seized five vehicles, and issued 1,700 litter fines from vehicles. The majority of fines were attributable to the council’s investment in fly-tipping cameras and CCTV surveillance. These initiatives collectively contribute to the ongoing efforts to maintain a cleaner and more attractive Bradford District.