Question to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of fly-tipping in England; whether it has increased over the last five years; and whether local authorities have sufficient powers to prevent fly-tipping.
Defra publishes annual fly-tipping statistics for England, with the most recent publication detailing the number of fly-tipping incidents reported by local authorities in 2018/19 published on 7 November 2019. The statistics show that incidents of fly-tipping have shown gradual increases over the last five years, albeit with a decrease reported between 2016/17 and 2017/18. The 2018/19 figures reported an increase of 8% from 2017/18. This most recent increase in recorded incidents does not, however, necessarily mean the number of fly-tipping incidents has increased. Local authorities have reported that as they make it easier for citizens to report fly-tipping, for example through mobile apps, they see an increase in the number of incidents recorded.
Local authorities have a range of powers available to tackle fly-tipping. These include the power to issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) of up to £400 for fly-tipping offences, including to those caught fly-tipping and householders who pass their waste to a fly-tipper. Local authorities also have enhanced powers to search and seize vehicles of suspected fly-tippers. Powers to issue FPNs provide local authorities with an efficient mechanism to hold fly-tipping perpetrators to account without having to go to court, which can be a time-consuming, resource-intensive and expensive process. Additionally, the ability to issue FPNs can deter potential fly-tippers from fly-tipping in the first place.
Local authorities also have the ability to take those accused of fly-tipping to court. If a fly-tipper is convicted, the offence is punishable by up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates' Court. The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to five years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court. Defra has already worked with the Sentencing Council to amend sentencing guidance for magistrates to ensure that they are aware of local fixed penalty levels for these offences. The Resources and Waste Strategy published in December 2018 includes a number of commitments to improve this, including working with the Sentencing Council to increase magistrates’ awareness of the prevalence and importance of waste crime, helping local authorities improve the quality of cases, and ensuring the Environmental Offences Definitive guideline is kept up to date and magistrates are effectively trained on it.
Recent figures showed that there were 76,000 fixed penalty notices issued by Local Authorities in 2018/19, up by 11% from 2017/18. Prosecution outcome figures from 2018/19 also showed that the value of total fines increased by 29% to £1,090,000.
16/04/2018 - Parliamentary Research
Found: PACK Number CDP 2018/0087, 5 April 2018 Fly-tipping By Louise Smith Nikki Sutherland This pack
2. Fly-tipping - the illegal dumping of waste
19/06/2019 - Parliamentary Research
Found: 2019 Fly-tipping - the illegal dumping of waste By Louise Smith Inside: 1. The problem of fly-tipping
3. Letter from Lord Gardiner regarding issues raised in the committee stage (day two): Forestry Commission land, countryside education, Fire Severity Index and fires, littering and fly-tipping, and national soil survey
12/08/2020 - Bill Documents
Found: of over 253,000 hectares
in England, is managed by Forestry England for the benefit of the nation.
Found: Practice index
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-tipping statistics for England,
8/19 This statistical notice
5. Fly-tipping: New financial penalties in government fight against waste crime
07/01/2019 - Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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Fly-tipping: New financial penalties in government fight against waste crime
23/06/2020 - Lords Chamber
1: and the Government are committed to tackling this crime. We have given local authorities powers to issue - Speech Link
2: number of local authority waste disposal facilities have been closed in recent weeks, which has made matters - Speech Link
3: have been an overall increase in reports of fly-tipping, although, as I said, in some areas it has decreased - Speech Link
31/01/2019 - Lords Chamber
1: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact caused by fly-tipping - Speech Link
2: It blights local communities and the environment, and tackling fly-tipping is a government priority. Defra’s - Speech Link
3: from local authorities show that over half of them have not had one successful prosecution for fly-tipping - Speech Link
17/04/2018 - Westminster Hall
1: House has considered the matter of reducing fly-tipping.It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship - Speech Link
2: areas and local streets? In Old Trafford in my constituency, we have a big problem of fly-tipping in alleyways - Speech Link
4. Fly-tipping in Rural Areas
21/11/2017 - Commons Chamber
1: countryside where there is the blight of tipping.What is fly-tipping? It is the illegal disposal of household - Speech Link
2: other Members. The cost falls not only on local authorities but often on landowners and farmers. Does - Speech Link
3: Friend is absolutely right. Central Government and local authorities are effectively contributing to the - Speech Link
5. Environment Bill
08/09/2021 - Lords Chamber