To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what representations he has received on the cost of fly- tipping to landowners; and if he will make a statement.
Some representations have been received by the Department on this issue.
At a national level, the Environment Agency (EA) and DEFRA meet quarterly with major interested organisations including the National Farmers Union, the Country Land and Business Association, Network Rail and the National Trust through the National Fly-tipping Prevention Group. The Group's objective is to generally explore ways of improving the system of controls on fly-tipping and to identify better ways of preventing and tackling the problem.
The Group has issued guidance to landowners on how to deal with fly-tipping and also discusses ways in which joint working can help tackle the hot-spot areas where repeated fly-tipping is taking place. This can often be tackled by co-ordinated action from the landowner and the local authority or EA.