Fees for disposing of DIY waste could be abolished as part of the fight against fly-tipping

The Covid pandemic has seen fly-tipping cases rise by 16% year-on-year and councils could scrap some waste disposal fees under new proposals

A serial Flykipper has been jailed for nearly two years after accusing people of picking up their rubbish and then dumping it in children's playgrounds and in other people's driveways. See SWNS story SWNNflytip. Dean Stanley, 37, used his white van to intentionally dump trash, including electrical appliances, furniture, kitchen units, doors, beds, mattresses and construction debris. He admitted 17 cases of fly tipping were committed between March 2019 and January 2020 in Hillingdon, Sutton and Buckinghamshire. Eyewitnesses and CCTV footage caught Stanley using his two distinctive Ford Transit dump trucks - one white, one red - to dump the trash and dump the items in open green spaces. Councils in Hillingdon and Sutton counties and Buckinghamshire county banded together to put an end to Stanley's "intentionally and overtly" dumping campaign.
Among new proposals are rules allowing local authorities to charge up to £10 to get rid of waste

Home improvement disposal fees could be scrapped as part of a crackdown on fly-tipping.

It follows an explosion of crime during the pandemic.

Councils handled 1.13million incidents in 2020/21, up 16% on the previous year, and it’s costing taxpayers up to £392million a year.

Now council charges of up to £10 for take away items such as plasterboard, bricks and baths could end under new Government proposals.

Environment Secretary Jo Churchill said: “When it comes to fly-tipping, enough is enough. These appalling incidents are costing us £392m a year and it is time to put an end to them.

“I want to make sure that recycling and proper disposal of rubbish is free, accessible and easy for households. No one should be tempted to approach or approach criminals and scoundrels.

Flight dumping offenses have exploded during the Covid pandemic


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“In addition, the funding we announced today for local authorities will help them pilot innovative new projects to stop the dump.

“We will learn from the successes – and repeat them.”

Ministers also want to look into booking centers at recycling plants, fearing they could make waste disposal more difficult.

Ministers have issued a call for evidence on booking centers at recycling plants


Hillingdon Council / SWNS)

Some town halls in England will receive grants to tackle flytipping through test projects including CCTV to target hotspots.

In 2015, fees for the disposal of waste at domestic refuse depots were banned.

But it’s estimated that a third of municipalities still charge for some types of home improvement waste.

Environmental Services Association (ESA) Executive Director Jacob Hayler said: “There is no one-size-fits-all solution to tackling the scourge of fly-tipping, so we are delighted that the Government is announcing today a range of new relief measures to deter this deeply anti-social criminal behaviour.

Estimates show that a third of municipalities still charge for certain types of DIY waste, using rules developed for construction waste


Hillingdon Council / SWNS)

Marcus Gover, chief executive of the charity WRAP, also welcomed the move.

He said: “Minimising waste is key to this and the introduction of fly-tipping reduction grants across England and Wales is necessary to help prevent the ongoing environmental costs of this illegal activity.”

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