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Government to impose £400 fines for ‘man and van’ fly-tippers

The legislation was passed in parliament this week after Defra’s latest figures revealed fly-tipping in England cost councils £57.7 million in 2017-18. 


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Government to impose £400 fines for ‘man and van’ fly-tippers

Householders who fail to give their waste to a licensed carrier are set to face fines of up to £400 for dumping rubbish in the countryside.

 

The legislation was passed in parliament this week (November 26) by the Environment Agency (EA) after its latest figures revealed fly-tipping in England cost councils £57.7 million in 2017-18, with about two thirds of all fly-tipped waste containing household rubbish.

 

The government said it was ‘stepping up’ its fight on rogue operators but admitted it had issued guidance to ensure fines were not used as a means of raising revenue.

 

Private landowners said ‘man and van’ disposal was ‘just the tip of the iceberg’.


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East Yorkshire land agent Charles Urquhart said: “A particular incident was in November 2016 when 9.5 tonne of processed plastic waste was dumped from a truck which reversed 100-yards off the road into the gateway.

 

“It cost the farmer £1,540 to get rid of it. These people are tipping the rubbish and keeping all of the money.”

 

Mr Urquhart said the police ‘were not really interested’ despite fly-tipping being such a huge issue in the local area.

 

Trouble

According to CLA North, East Riding Council had 1,356 fly-tipping incidents in 2017-18 and issued only 16 fines – many of £200 or less – and no vehicle seizures.

 

The estimated cost to rural businesses was £800 per incident.

 

Mr Urquhart said: “Farmers around here have certainly had a lot of trouble. The cowboys who dumped the rubbish will have saved themselves a large amount of money.

“The councils are not following up or checking these people very carefully and it is getting out of hand.”

 

The new penalties, expected to come into force early next year, have come with a list of rules which prevent councils fining householders for minor breaches, or if they are a vulnerable person due to age related ill-health or a mental or physical disability.

 

CLA president Tim Breitmeyer said: “It is easy to blame householders for the significant rise in fly-tipping but we are seeing more and more waste on an industrial-size scale dumped across the countryside.

 

“The costs and process of getting a waste transfer licence prevents legal disposal and encourages organised crime.”

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