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Truss tells Tory conference: ‘We’ll crack down on waste cowboys’

Environment secretary Liz Truss has signalled that the Conservative Party fully intends to proceed with proposals to allow local authorities to issue on-the-spot fines to fly-tippers.

Addressing the party faithful gathered in Manchester for this week’s annual conference, Truss gave a strong affirmation that the Conservative election manifesto pledge to “allow councils to tackle small-scale fly-tipping through fixed penalties rather than costly prosecutions” would not be ducked.

In a 13-minute speech, Truss said: “We’re going to crack down on waste cowboys through on-the-spot fines, enabling law-abiding firms to thrive.”

The pledge was the only occasion the secretary of state mentioned waste, spending the bulk of her time focused on agriculture and education-related issues. She did not mention recycling at all.

Truss also did not refer to a linked manifesto promise to “review the case” for higher fixed-penalty notices for littering.

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