Rural councils, charities and businesses with innovative solutions to tackle fly-tipping are being encouraged to apply for Government cash to fund their litter-fighting projects. Emily Hickman reports.
After it was revealed that clearing rubbish cost taxpayers almost £700 million in 2017, the Government has made £300,000 worth of grants available through the Litter Innovation Fund (LIF).
This is the second round of LIF funding, with £125,000 awarded in the last round to new, innovative projects such as mobile apps like ‘LoveCleanStreets’, ‘Littergram’ and ‘Find it Fix It Love It’, which help people to report litter problems.
Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “This Government is tough on tackling litter, which if left unchecked makes our towns and cities less pleasant places, poisons our wildlife, and blights our countryside.
“That is why we are providing grants of up to £10,000 for communities to come up with creative solutions to tackle litter in their local area and I encourage local groups to apply.”
The chief executive of Keep Britain Tidy, Allison Ogden-Newton, welcomed the latest round of funding.
She said: “Innovation is a vital part of turning the tide on litter. It is fantastic to see the Government supporting innovation through this scheme, which is helping organisations and communities develop exciting new ideas and approaches.”
The latest announcement comes shortly after Ms Coffey disappointed rural groups by saying responsibility for clearing fly-tipped waste on farms should be left with farmers.
“Landowners have a legal responsibility for their land,” she told parliament in April, after Monmouth MP, David TC Davies, warned removing dumped rubbish was becoming a ‘particular problem’ for farmers, who pay on average £844 to clear fly-tipped waste.
Earlier in the year, insurance experts Lycetts pointed out official statistics from Defra were concealing the true cost of fly tipping, which was estimated to have cost the taxpayer £58 million between 2016 and 2017.
If you think you have a new solution to fly-tipping, there is plenty of time to apply. The LIF application window closes 5 October.
For more information on the LIF, click HERE.