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Reaching the Tipping Point: our action plan for fly-tipping is launched at the Tidy Britain All-Party Parliamentary Group. The launch comes as we reveal the
results of two new surveys that show the true scale of the problem.
In the first of two surveys, we found out that 70% of local authorities say fly-tipping is a major problem, while
a separate Ipsos MORI survey shows that over a third of people (36%) said they thought it was OK to do
things that are legally defined as fly-tipping.
The growing cost of clearing up unsightly fly-tipped rubbish
is putting pressure on local authorities that are already struggling with
53% of local authorities who said fly-tipping was a major
problem think that changes – including the increase of bulky waste charges and
closing recycling centres - have contributed to the problem.
Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton said:
“We know that local authorities are at their wits’ end trying to tackle the
growing crisis of dumped rubbish and our surveys show that there is a real
challenge here to educate the public that not only is it not OK to fly-tip, it
is illegal and can result in a substantial fine for householders and a criminal
The Ipsos MORI nationwide survey of 1,133 people
in England aged 18+ revealed that 47% of people don’t know that
they’re responsible in law if their waste is fly-tipped by a third party and 36%
of people think it is acceptable to get rid of an unwanted sofa or mattress in
a way that is, legally, classed as fly-tipping.
The latest figures for fly–tipping show that
there were more than 900,000 reported fly-tipping incidents in 2014/15 and
fly-tipping is costing local councils in excess of £50million a year to deal
W have launched an action plan to tackle the blight of fly-tipping, aimed at working in partnership with local
authorities and their contractors to raise awareness with the public and help
them drive home the message that if residents and businesses want cleaner
communities, they need to understand that they have a legal duty of care.
To deliver this plan, we want councils
and waste contractors to work with us to raise awareness of the
householders’ duty of care through a new campaign, #CrimeNotToCare, but also to
team up with our experts to tackle fly-tipping at local level where
communities are being hit.
In addition, we are calling on the
Government to direct revenue generated through the landfill tax to local
authorities to support a free and easily accessible collection and recycling
service and enable local authorities to remove charges that might be
contributing to increases in fly-tipping.
Currently, the maximum fine for fly-tipping in
the magistrates’ court is £50,000 or 12 months in prison but 95% of the fines
issued are less than £1,000. We say there should
be a review of and report on the application of the Environmental Offences
Sentencing Guidelines when it comes to the fly-tipping fines handed out by
Finally, we have pledged to impact on
the consistency of enforcement practice when it comes to fly-tipping through
its National Enforcement Academy.
Commenting on these measures Allison said:
"We believe that much can be done to support those agencies in the
front-lines acting on fly-tipping. This is a growing problem but our action plan,
if adopted by Government and law enforcement agencies at all levels, will make
a real difference."
Keep Britain Tidy is a registered Charity No. 1071737. Registered as a Company limited by guarantee in England & Wales No. 3496361. Registered office at Elizabeth House, The Pier, Wigan, WN3 4EX.
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