HARSHER FLY-TIPPING FINES WELCOMED, BUT MORE NEEDED TO PROTECT SOUTH EAST LANDOWNERS

11 March 2014

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 Director South East Robin Edwards said: “The guidelines setting out harsher penalties for fly-tipping are very welcome, but they are long overdue. More needs to be done to tackle this problem.

“The harsher penalties will only work if the people responsible are caught and prosecuted. The successful prosecution of a fly tipper in Hampshire on 6 March 2014 marked a positive step forward, and we look forward to working with police and local authorities across the South East in tackling the issue.”

Mr Edwards continued: “The new guidelines do not address the problems faced by landowners in dealing with fly-tipped rubbish on their land, which is our main concern. On average, it costs the landowner around £800 to clear up each incidence of non-toxic fly-tipped waste on their land. And there is the potential for landowners to be prosecuted purely because the waste is tipped on their land.

“The CLA has put forward proposals for changes to the law which would provide better protection for private property owners who become victims of fly tipping through no fault of their own. We cannot continue to expect private landowners to pick up the litter and then pick up the tab.”