New Fly-tipping Fixed Penalty Notice confirmed

New Fly-tipping Fixed Penalty Notice comes into force

The conditions of a new Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) for Fly-tipping have been confirmed within the new ‘Unauthorised Deposit of Waste (Fixed Penalties) regulation 2016, and come into force with immediate effect.Fly tipping Hertfordshire_22293

The size of the fine can vary from £150-400, determined by the local authority depending on the scale and type of waste fly-tipped. If no figure is specified within the fine, then the FPN costs £200. The Local Authorities have the option to reduce the fine to £120 for those who pay it within 10 days of issue.

The NFU has been in support of the establishment of a new FPN for fly-tipping. It will not act to stop the crime, but if utilised properly may act as a further deterrent for offenders. The NFU is urging all local authorities to correctly use and enforce the new powers.

The rules come in off the back of the NFU’s response to Defra’s Waste Crime Consultation last year, looking into ways to reduce different types of waste crime across the country.

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  • Posted by: Alistair MarrPosted on: 27/04/2016 18:37:43

    Comment: Unfortunately, until the law enforcement agencies, local and national government agencies take fly-tipping seriously (and that should include dropping litter), then nothing much will change. The amount of rubbish ending up along roadside verges derived from road traffic occupants is a national disgrace and is getting worse. The main reason is that there needs to be a concerted effort to educate the public and demonstrate what punishments will be meted out to offenders. If you have a whole generation who think that there is such thing as a litter fairy, then the following generation will do as their parents do. This explains why so much litter is derived from kids foodstuffs, presumably bought and supplied to them by their parents. Takeaway food retailers (and especially drive-through's) have a duty of care but are very reluctant to actually assist with identifying offenders. A simple solution is available in the form of identifying marks on packaging which can be easily linked to a purchase with cctv, card details or vehicle registrations. If nothing is done it will soon start to have a more serious impact on wildlife and may lead to contamination of agricultural products.

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