Fly-tippers could be put on litter duty under new plans

Fly-tippers may have to pick up litter under new plans. Picture Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Fly-tippers may have to pick up litter under new plans. Picture Chris Radburn/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Fly-tippers may be forced to pick up litter under new proposals to combat neighbourhoods being blighted by waste.

People sentenced to community service for dumping waste will be told to help councils clean up, under government plans set to be announced today.

Clearing 936,090 reported cases of fly-tipping in England in 2015/2016 cost councils £49.8 million, according to data from the Environment Department (Defra).

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said: 'The Government now wants to see more of those committing crimes like this taking responsibility for cleaning up the community by picking up litter and illegally dumped waste themselves.'

Fresh guidance would also be issued to councils reminding them it is illegal to charge DIY enthusiasts to dispose of household waste at the tip.

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Current guidance outlaws the fees but there are concerns some councils are charging £4 a bag for soil or waste from home renovations, the Sunday Telegraph said.

Ms Leadsom said: 'Charging local residents for doing the responsible thing and taking their household waste to the tip is not only unfair and unacceptable, but could also be a lead factor in the reported increases in fly-tipping.'

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