Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 2nd December 2015.

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Photo of Craig Whittaker Craig Whittaker Conservative, Calder Valley

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to work with local authorities to reduce the level of fly-tipping.

Photo of Rory Stewart Rory Stewart The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Tackling fly-tipping is a Government priority and manifesto commitment. Next spring we will be giving councils the power to tackle small scale fly-tipping through fixed penalty notices as an alternative to prosecutions.

This builds on other Government action to tackle fly-tipping, which has included:

  • working with the Sentencing Council on its guideline for sentencing for environmental offences, which came into force on 1 July last year;
  • making it easier for vehicles suspected of being involved in waste crime to be stopped, searched and seized; and
  • continuing our work with the Defra-chaired National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group to promote and disseminate good practice in the prevention, reporting, investigation and clearance of fly-tipped waste.

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