Fly-tipping: Greater London

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

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Photo of Feryal Clark Feryal Clark Shadow Minister (Crime Reduction)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to help support local authorities tackle fly-tipping in (a) Enfield North Constituency, (b) the London Borough of Enfield and (c) London.

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

Local authorities are responsible for keeping their public land clear of litter and refuse.

In addition to strengthening enforcement powers for councils and developing a fly-tipping toolkit with the National Fly-tipping Prevention Group; 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. Fourteen London LA’s have been invited to apply to the grant scheme. Of those, Newham & Waltham Forest have been awarded funding, with grants from round three yet to be announced. 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 Environment Agency may investigate those incidents of fly-tipping which involve the following: more than 20 tonnes, 20 cubic metres, or a tipper load of waste; organised crime; or waste that has the potential to damage the environment.

The Environment Agency is not aware of any recent large scale illegal deposits of waste in the Enfield area. They have ongoing investigations into large scale organised illegal deposits of waste in other London Boroughs and are working with the Local Authority and the landowner on these incidents. Those suspected of being involved are subject to Operation Angola and an investigation into this group is ongoing.

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