New penalties in fight against waste crime

Thérèse Coffey has announced new financial penalties to crack down on fly-tipping, with any householder whose waste is found fly-tipped facing penalties of up to £400.

The minister at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has also issued guidance to ensure councils use these new powers proportionately, which makes clear penalties should not be used as a means of raising money and should not be issued for minor breaches.

Latest figures show the government’s crackdown on fly-tippers is delivering results, with no increase in the number of incidents for the first time in five years for the 2017/18 year.

The guidance for councils on issuing the fixed penalty notices will continue to ensure they strike the right balance. This guidance also says that local authorities should consider whether the householder is a vulnerable person, for instance due to age related ill-health or a mental or physical disability.

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