SHOCK figures have revealed that fly-tipping incidents in the district have more than doubled in three years.

A response to a freedom of information request by a member of the public showed that in there were 472 incidents in 2017/2018 compared to just 214 in 2015/2016.

Despite almost 500 cases of fly-tipping last year, just three people were successfully prosecuted.

But Maldon District Council says the process of catching fly-tippers is not straightforward.

A council spokesman said while the increase in incidents was disappointing, the evidence they have been given shows that illegal dumping is done by people from outside of the district.

Fly-tipping and littering is an offence which costs thousands to clear up every year.

Offenders can now be issued with a £400 fixed penalty notice or be fined up to £50,000 and face five years in prison.

The council is also warning that if residents unwittingly use a rogue trader to transport their waste and it is illegally dumped, they could end up with a £5,000 fine.

All waste carriers should be registered with the Environment Agency so residents are to ask to see a trader’s waste carrier registration number before using them.

It is illegal for them to take your waste if they don’t have a permit.

Councillor Bob Boyce said: “The council is keen to ensure that our district is not targeted by those who wish to use it as a dumping ground and we will do everything within our power to catch the culprits and make them pay for their actions.

“However, successful prosecutions rely heavily upon people coming forward with evidence and intelligence.

“The council has a zero-tolerance approach to fly tipping and anyone found doing so, will be dealt with accordingly”.

Fly-tipping can be reported online at or by calling the council on 01621 854477.