‘This is an increasing problem’: CLA speaks out after spate of fly-tipping in Sussex, revealing cases of tyre dumping are up 22% in a single year

13 September 2018

CLA South East has condemned the recent wave of fly-tipping across Sussex – and says the incidents reflect a growing problem in the county.

It comes as Chichester District Council appeals for information after more than 500 tyres were dumped across the district in just two weeks.

Arun District Council is also appealing for witnesses after the discovery of two large fly-tips in the past week.

CLA South East represents thousands of landowners, farmers and rural businesses in the area. Regional Director Robin Edwards said: “There were 202 incidents of tyres being dumped illegally in Sussex in 2016/17. This figure is up 22% on the previous year, so it’s an increasing problem.

“The number of tyres being dumped is likely to be far higher, as each incident could involve one tyre or hundreds, as we’ve seen in this case.

“There are examples here in the South East of fly-tipping on an industrial scale, and this is normally carried out by organised crime units. These units go round taking waste from sites and then dispose of it illegally, expecting private landowners or the taxpayer to foot the bill.

“We would urge anyone who sees people dumping items or acting suspiciously to report it, either through the 101 service or to your local authority.”

CLA South East is also encouraging residents and householders to only use registered individuals and companies to remove their waste.

Mr Edwards added: “It’s easy to visit the Environment Agency website and check the waste licence that the carrier should be able to provide you, to check they’re not using a fake one. And they should be able to provide you with a certificate to show where the waste has been sent to.

“It is worth paying for waste removal online if possible, as you then have a record that you’ve made the payment, rather than cash which is harder to trace if something does go wrong.”


Fly-tipping figures for Sussex



Total number of incidents in 2016/17 (number of tyre-related incidents in brackets)

Total number of incidents in 2015/16 (number of tyre-related incidents in brackets)

Adur and Worthing

800 (11)

676 (8)


1,013 (29)

821 (12)


988 (67)

618 (29)


1,315 (6)

1,505 (4)


737 (17)

595 (12)

Mid Sussex

324 (13)

277 (98)


473 (8)

1,346 (7)


2,306 (0)

1,899 (2)


147 (15)

137 (2)


491 (15)

323 (21)


457 (30)

598 (61)


9,051 (202)

8,795 (166)

The above figures are from Defra. They exclude Brighton and Hove, where there were 2,520 incidents of fly-tipping in 2016/17.

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