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Fly-tipping fines promise some relief for rural areas

Following new Government regulations on the unauthorised deposit of waste, fines for fly-tipping will be introduced on Monday (May 9, 2016).

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Local authorities will be able to issue fines of up to £400 for small scale fly-tipping.
Local authorities will be able to issue fines of up to £400 for small scale fly-tipping.

New fixed penalty fines for fly tipping which come into force next week are welcome, but there are concerns they may not be enough to curb the rising issue of refuse dumped in rural areas, says the CLA.

 

As of Monday May 9, local authorities will be able to issue fines for small scale fly-tipping of up to £400 as an alternative to prosecution.

 

This follows the introduction of new Government regulations on the unauthorised deposit of waste.

 

Figures

 

According to figures from Defra, 900,000 fly-tipping incidents were dealt with by local authorities in England during 2014/15.

 

The CLA, says these figures do not include much of the waste left on farm land and over private land.

 

Here it poses risks to local wildlife, farm animals and the environment.

 

Landowners are liable for any waste that is fly-tipped on their land and can be prosecuted if they do not clear it away, often at considerable cost to their business.

 

Effective action

 

Robin Edwards, CLA South East regional director said that with Government figures revealing there were less than 2,000 prosecutions for fly-tipping in 2014/15, more effective action is urgently needed.

 

He said: “We have regular reports from our members across the South East of multiple fly tipping incidents, particularly when their land is located on the fringes of urban areas.

 

"The waste involved is not just the odd bin bag, but large household items, from unwanted sofas to broken washing machines and building materials.

 

Worsened

 

"The problem seems to have worsened recently in some areas, possibly as a result of local authorities making changes to their household recycling operations.

 

“The CLA has been calling for offenders to be dealt with more robustly and we welcome this latest tightening in the regulations.

 

"Fixed penalty notices will not solve the problem, but they are a positive step in tackling an issue which costs rural businesses up to £150 million in clean up costs every year and is a continuing and damaging blight on our countryside."

 


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