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Welsh councils granted new fly-tipping powers

New powers mean councils in Wales can now issue fines for fly-tipping incidents.

The National Assembly for Wales approved the Unauthorised Deposit of Waste (Fixed Penalties) (Wales) Regulations 2017 in late October. These regulations will insert new provisions into the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

A public consultation held earlier this year revealed overwhelming support in favour of the new powers.

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Flag of Wales

Welsh local authorities are now able to issue a fixed penalty notice (FPN) of between £150 and £400, with a default of £200 where no amount is specified.

A reduction for early payment can be made available, and councils can retain the receipts to help contribute to the costs of dealing with fly-tipping.

The FPNs can be applied on both publicly and privately owned land.

Lesley Griffiths, cabinet secretary for environment and rural affairs, said: “These powers will provide local authorities with an additional enforcement tool for small-scale fly-tipping offences where a prosecution is considered disproportionate.

“I am sure local authorities and communities will welcome these new powers. However, I feel it is important that authorities accompany these powers with the appropriate level of public engagement, awareness raising and wider education programmes.

”I believe this is essential to ensure a positive response from the public and a sustainable reduction in offending behaviour.”

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