The Government believe offenders on community sentences should help councils with fly-tipping waste
Under new measures the Government is recommending that offenders on community sentences, particularly people caught fly-tipping, should help councils to clear up litter and fly-tipped waste.
Addressing concerns that punishments for littering are insuffi cient, fly-tippers will also face the prospect of being fined or jailed.
The move is among a series of measures to be announced to clean up the nation’s streets, roadsides and grass verges as part of a new litter strategy.
A new “app” – specially designed to enable passers-by to immediately flag up specifi c incidents of littering and flytipping – will also be promoted as part of the strategy.
It will help determine if the work required to clear the mess is suitable for offenders.
Ministers have requested that offi cials at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Ministry of Justice work with HM Prison and Probation Service to promote activities like clearing litter and fly-tipped waste.
This is to ensure community sentences and community payback programmes can be executed more effectively.
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The Government now wants to see more of those committing crimes like this taking responsibility for cleaning up the community.
It is also proposed that once offenders are deployed to deal with a problem, the person who reported it will receive an update when the work is done.
Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said: “Countless volunteers take time out of their lives to clean up the mess made by irresponsible litter louts and fly-tippers.
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“But clearing up after flytipping not only affects local communities, it also costs the public purse millions.
“The Government now wants to see more of those committing crimes like this taking responsibility for cleaning up the community.”
To address the £50million-ayear burden of cleaning up flytipping, new guidance will be issued, giving the clearest signal yet that town halls must bring an end to the various tipping fees currently charged by councils.
Fly-tipping cleaning currently costs £50million a year in Britain
The plans will prevent residents being unfairly hit in the pocket when disposing of their household waste – including DIY waste from home improvements.
Council-run waste and recycling centres should already allow household waste to be dropped off free of charge, but sites across the country are reportedly still forcing residents to pay for their use – which has been linked to a four per cent rise in fl y-tipping since last year.
The guidance being sent out to tip operators will remind them of the law and make clear that tipping household rubbish should not be charged for.
Mrs Leadsom added: “Charging 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.
“As part of our litter strategy, we’ll be issuing clear, commonsense guidance for waste and recycling centres so they can be in no doubt that people have the right to take their rubbish to these sites free of charge.”
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Other measures expected to be included in the strategy include plans to hand drivers who allow rubbish to be thrown from their cars an automatic fine of £60 – even if they are not personally responsible.
Ministers will also propose:
● Increasing the standard £75 fine for littering, with the £125 maximum in Wales a possible new benchmark.
● Making chewing gum companies provide advice to councils about tackling gum litter and staining on streets.
● Producing new guidance on “binfrastructure” – where and how bins are distributed in public spaces – to help reduce littering.
● Identifying 25 “priority litter hotspots” that can be targeted to deliver “lasting improvement in cleanliness”.
● Creating a task force through the Advisory Committee on Packaging to propose ways littering can be discouraged on packaging.
● Boosting participation in “national clean-up days” such as the Great British Spring Clean and the Great British Beach Clean.
The proposals have been drawn up as part of a drive to deliver on a Tory manifesto promise to “be the first generation to leave the natural environment of England in a better state than that in which we found it”.