Defra is funding two pilot projects to test methods for the prevention, reporting, investigation and clearance of flytipping in 2013/14.
Resource management minister Lord de Mauley this week announced the flytipping trials, which will take place in Suffolk and Swindon.
This was in response to a question from Viscount Goschen about how to combat waste crime.
De Mauley went on to describe Defra’s other strategies to cut flytipping. He stated: “We are making it easier for businesses to dispose of their waste legally. This includes, for instance, a responsibility deal committing the waste industry to offer smaller businesses more accessible contracts and understand their waste management responsibilities, and a best practice guide to assist local authorities or waste management companies in setting up “bring sites” in business parks and other suitable sites.”
He added that Defra has been cracking down on waste offenders by working with the Sentencing Council. MRW recently reported recommendations from The Sentencing Council saying that magistrates need to be tougher on fly-tipping and illegally transporting waste.
De Mauley also said that local authorities and the Environment Agency will soon have greater powers to stop, search and seize the vehicles of suspected waste criminals.
According to Defra figures, the cost to local authorities in England of clearing flytipped waste was £243 million in the last five years. There were 4.96 million incidents recorded in the same period.
But the number of flytips dealt with by local authorities in England has decreased from 1,284,000 cases in 2007/08 to 744,000 in 2011/12 . However, the minister said the decrease may be due to changes in reporting arrangements for some local authorities. It also remains unclear whether flytipping increases in relation to increases in the landfill tax.
Action on flytipping was promised in the Government’s 2011 review of waste policy.
- The Scottish Government announced on 20 March 2013 that it was considering increasing its £50 fine for littering and fly-tipping ahead of the Commonwealth Games, MRW reported.