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Question for Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

UIN HL2276, tabled on 19 October 2017

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of legislation to protect the countryside from fly-tipping.

Answered on

30 October 2017

The Government is committed to tackling fly-tipping in rural and urban areas. Local authorities and the Environment Agency have a full range of enforcement powers to tackle fly-tipping. We have recently strengthened their powers. We have given local authorities the power to issue fixed penalty notices for small scale fly-tipping and enhanced the ability of local authorities’ and the Environment Agency to search, seize and destroy vehicles of suspected fly-tippers. We have also strengthened the Sentencing Council’s Guidelines. The maximum penalties for fly-tipping are imprisonment of up to five years or a potentially unlimited fine.