Local authorities have now been given the powers to issue on-the-spot penalty notices for small scale offences relating to fly tipping.
The new fines of between £150 and £400 will allow council’s to deal with these kind of offences quickly and efficiently, without the need to take offenders to court, helping them tackle a growing problem that is costing nearly £50 million a year to deal with.
The move has been welcomed by the British Cleaning Council (BCC) however, it says the fines should be even higher.
BCC chairman, Simon Hollingbery, commented:
“Fly tipping is littering on a grand scale and to this end the fines should be a lot greater, as nine out 10 fly tipping is from people making money out of taking rubbish away and not paying the land fill charge to dispose of it properly. Nevertheless these new powers should make people think twice before committing an illegal act.”
According to government figures, councils are handling in the region of 900,000 fly-tipping incidents annually, an increase of almost six per cent between 2013/14 and 2014/15.
The BCC is currently working closely with Keep Britain Tidy, and the Tidy Britain All Party Parliamentary Group, as part of the governments national litter strategy.
The new powers came into effect on 9 May 2016.