ARCHIVE: Flycapture fly-tipping national database
Flycapture is enabling central and local Government for the first time to demonstrate the true nature, extent and scale of fly-tipping, both nationally and locally. The data will be used to develop more effective, evidence based policies and strategies.
2009-2010 Flycapture results
- Latest sets of Flycapture results from the national fly-tipping database and news release
- Registered local authority and Environment Agency users can access Flycapture via the Environment Agency website
- Users of Flycapture can email firstname.lastname@example.org for technical support
Completing Flycapture returns
- Guidance for users on completing Flycapture returns (PDF 200 KB)
The Environment Agency has a very important role in dealing with fly-tipping, in particular the "Big, Bad and Nasty" fly-tips across England and Wales. The Environment Agency also submits data to the Flycapture database:
Until recently, there has been no national data on the true scale and extent of incidents of illegal waste disposal or "fly-tipping". Estimates had been gathered from Environment Agency data as it collects detailed information on incidents it deals with.
In order to address this a power was introduced by section 55(5) of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 which allowed Defra to require waste collection authorities and the Environment Agency to submit regular data on the types and quantities of fly-tipping with which they deal.
At the same time, Defra worked closely with the Environment Agency, the Welsh Assembly Government and the English and Welsh Local Government Associations to develop the web-based database known as Flycapture. Flycapture went live in April 2004 and all waste collection authorities in England have registered.
Over 85% of authorities have made a full 12 monthly returns between April 2005 and March 2006 and 92% made at least 10 returns. Defra are extremely pleased that so many authorities are using this useful management tool and is working with users to make sure consistent, regular and complete data are submitted to get a better picture of the true of extent of fly-tipping dealt with by local authorities and the Environment Agency.
Flycapture contains information on incidents dealt with, actions taken and a vehicle registration hot-list that encourages joint working between authorities.
Details on local data should be obtained from the Local Authority concerned. However, care has to be taken not to make comparisons between, or within, regions. While all local authorities have now registered on the database, the amount of information being provided can vary between local authorities.
For further information see frequently asked questions.
Page last modified: 9 September 2010
Page published: 9 October