Resource minister Therese Coffey has reasserted the Government’s commitment to tackle fly-tipping by setting out the range of measures it has backed.
Coffey was replying to a question in the Commons from Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell from Romford, who asked what those plans were.
The minister replied: ”We are committed to tackling fly-tipping and, as set out in the Government’s manifesto, have given local councils the power to issue fixed penalty notices for small-scale fly-tipping.
”These new enforcement tools have been available to councils since May 2016, providing them with an alternative to prosecutions and assisting them in taking a proportionate enforcement response.”
Coffey said the measure built on other Government actions which included:
- Introducing stronger powers for local authorities and the Environment Agency to seize vehicles of those suspected of waste crime.
- Cracking down on offenders by working with the Sentencing Council to ensure sentences act as a real deterrent to offending.
- Strengthening the waste duty of care by publishing a revised Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice.
- Supporting the industry-led ’Right Waste Right Place’ campaign to promote duty of care which is targeting construction, retail and agricultural businesses.
- Chairing the National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group (NFTPG) to prevent and tackle illegal dumping. The NFTPG includes representatives from central and local government, enforcement authorities, the waste industry and private landowners. It has published a Fly-tipping Partnership Framework outlining best practice.
Coffey was giving evidence to the Efra select committee hearing on food waste on 22 March at the time Parliament was attacked.