Fly-tipping

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered at on 22 February 2024.

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Photo of Paulette Hamilton Paulette Hamilton Labour, Birmingham, Erdington

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he is taking steps to improve resources available to local councils to tackle fly tipping.

Photo of Robbie Moore Robbie Moore The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Our fly-tipping grants are helping councils across the country tackle fly-tipping at hotspots, such as by installing CCTV. Nearly £1.2million is already in use with a further £1million to be awarded this spring. A selection of case studies from completed projects are available online so that others can learn about those interventions which were most successful. These can be found at https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/fly-tipping-intervention-grant-scheme.

The PM’s Anti-social Behaviour Action Plan sets out how we will help councils take tougher action against those who fly-tip. Last year we raised the upper limit on the fixed penalty notices councils can issue to £1,000 and in January we laid regulations to ensure the income from these penalties is ringfenced for enforcement and clean-up specifically. These regulations are due to come into force on 1st April 2024.

With the National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group, we are also developing a toolkit to help councils and others tackle fly-tipping. This includes guides on how to present robust cases to court and set up effective local partnerships. The toolkit, and other resources, are available online at https://www.keepbritaintidy.org/national-fly-tipping-prevention-group.

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