A crackdown on fly tippers will see them forced to clear rubbish
Under government plans released over the weekend those found guilty of fly tipping will be given community sentences and told to help councils clean up dumped waste.
With ministers wanting to get tough, penalties for dropping litter will also be increased to £150 for minor cases.
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.
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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
Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom
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.
Current guidance outlaws the fees but there are concerns some councils are charging £4 a bag for soil or waste from home renovations.
Andrea Leadsom wants to see people committing these crimes take responsibility for them
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."
The proposals are part of a raft of measures aimed at making Britain litter free.
Councils will be stopped from charging residents from using civic waste sites and will be given guidance on providing more user friendly bins.
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Highways England will be charged with targeting the 25 worst litter hotspots
Highways England will also be charged with targeting the 25 worst litter hotspots across the road network to deliver long-lasting improvements to cleanliness.
The announcement by the Government has been welcomed by anti-litter campaigners.
Samantha Harding, litter programme director at the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE), said: "We hope these proposals are the roots of a strategy that will all but eradicate fly-tipping for good.
The announcement has been welcomed by anti-litter campaigners
"They reward good intentions to dispose of waste and rubbish responsibly, and should deter people from thinking they can get away with trashing the countryside.
"As the wider litter strategy develops, we must remember that fly-tipping often happens on private land.
"We need to do more to protect those in the countryside who have to pay the clean-up costs of someone else's selfishness."