Tougher sentencing for fly-tipping have been welcomed by the eastern region of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), but more needs to be done to address the issue, it says.
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”. These will be used in courts from July 1.
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.
CLA East Regional Surveyor Tim Woodward said: “This is long overdue, and it may deter some, but people will continue to do this and more needs to be done to tackle this.
“It does not, of course, deal with 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 they have not removed waste tipped on their land.
“Although we would like to see waste taken to local tips free, we understand this is unlikely without a change in policy. There must be a long-term sustainable solution.”
CLA East 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 can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org once the incident has been reported it to the police.