NEW POWERS TO TACKLE THE RISE IN FLY TIPPING
Latest figures reveal thousands spent on clean-up costs
NEW steps to tackle the rise in illegal waste and fly-tipping have been announced as it was revealed councils in Bucks saw a steep increase in incidents and clear up costs.
Latest annual figures from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs reveal South Bucks had a total number of 566 fly tipping incidents reported by local authorities in 2016/2017 totalling £28,573 in clearance costs. This is an increase from 352 fly tipping incidents reported in 2012/2013.
In Chiltern 400 fly-tipping incidents were reported in 2016/2017 totalling £29,478 in clearance costs.
New powers to tackle the serious problem of waste crime will be granted, and further action opened for consultation in a crack-down on illegal sites, Environment Minister Therese Coffey announced on January 15 following the launch of the 25 Year Environment Plan.
New powers will be introduced for the Environment Agency (EA) to lock the gates or block access to problem waste sites to prevent thousands of tonnes of waste illegally building up.
Environment Minister Therese Coffey said: “Waste crime and fly-tipping blight our communities and spoil our countryside, and we need determined action to tackle it.
“These new powers for the Environment Agency will curb the rise of waste sites that continue to operate outside the law.
“But we must all take responsibility for our waste to make sure it does not end up in the hands of criminals who will wilfully dump it.
“Our new consultation looks more widely at the waste sector and we are keen to hear from industry and the public how we can improve performance, tackle illegality and protect our precious environment.”
The government has also launched a new consultation to tackle crime and poor performance in the waste sector.
Waste crime cost the English economy more than £600m in 2015, including lost landfill tax revenues and clean-up costs, and creates severe problems for people who live or work nearby with odour, dust, litter, vermin, fly infestations, pollution and fires blighting lives.
The new powers for the EA to tackle problem waste sites will be introduced by spring 2018, subject to parliamentary approval.
Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency, said: “We take tough action against anyone involved in illegal waste activity and last year, the Environment Agency closed down two illegal waste sites every day. We welcome these new powers, which will enable our teams to block access to problem sites, preventing illegal waste building up and becoming even more serious.”
Fly tipping in Gerrards Cross in 2016, just one of many incidents across Bucks