Private landowners are demanding for more tougher penalties for fly-tippers after figures showed a 43% increase in large-scale waste dumping.
Landowners Demand Tougher Penalties For Fly Tippers
Defra figures show that incidents of illegally dumped waste on public land reported to local authorities involving large loads of waste has increased by 43% to 14,430 incidents. The clean-up cost was over £12m.
Legal action by councils against fly-tippers has increased 4%, with 494,034 cases being brought. Out of the 997,553 fly-tipping incidents in 2017/18, there were 137 vehicles seized, 2,243 prosecutions, and 1,938 fines of £200 to £500. The cost of clearing large-scale –lorry loads or more – illegal fly-tipping was £12.2m in 2017/18, up from £9.9m in 2016/17.
Landowners’ lobby group the CLA –representing over 30,000 landowners, farmers and rural businesses – says the figures don’t reflect the scale of the problem because fly-tipping on private land are not included in the report. They are calling for stronger enforcement by local authorities to combat the crime through legal action.
The CLA believes that if local county councils have more prosecutions, it will send a clear message to fly-tippers. Greater financial penalties and seizing vehicles used in fly-tipping would also deter potential offenders.
Fly-Tipping Links to Organised Crime
An independent review has found that fly-tipping is often linked to serious and organised crime. In the last twelve months, the Environment Agency has closed down 800 illegal waste sites and brought nearly a hundred waste crime prosecutions. An investigation, Operation Cesium, is being conducted into illegally dumped waste at 17 sites in the Midlands, North East and North West. These sites create serious problems for local businesses and communities –, especially in rural areas.
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