The announcement of harsher fines for people caught fly tipping has been described as “long overdue” by the CLA in the Midlands.
The new guidelines have been set out by the Sentencing Council, which said it wanted magistrates to make more use of the “highest levels of fines” Heavier fines may be handed out for all types of fly-tipping, "whether this is a company tipping a lorry-load of used tyres in a field or a householder dumping an old mattress in an alleyway" the Council said.
The new guidelines will be used in courts from 1 July.
CLA Midlands Rural Adviser Donna Tavernor said: “The announcement of higher fines is long overdue, but while it may deter some, more needs to be done to tackle this blight on the countryside.
“Our main concern is the problems faced by landowners in dealing with fly-tipped rubbish on private land, which costs the landowner £800 on average to clear up each incidence of non-toxic fly-tipped waste on their land, and can rise into many thousands for hazardous or large amounts of waste. There is the additional threat for landowners of being prosecuted purely because they have not removed waste that someone else has tipped on their land.
“Although we would like to see waste taken to local tips free of charge, we understand this is unlikely without a change in policy. There must be a long-term sustainable solution."
CLA Midlands is seeking evidence of fly-tipping that has taken place across the region. Photographs of the result, with details of date, location and any further information you would like to share can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org - once you have reported it to the Police.