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Fly-tipping intervention grant scheme

by Mark Rowe

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced some 26 councils are getting grants towards tackling fly-tipping, typically by using video surveillance.

Defra Recycling Minister, Robbie Moore said: “Fly-tipping is a brazen attack on communities, nature and our environment. It can create danger for wildlife as well as people and I am determined the harm done by cynical criminals doesn’t go unpunished. We have increased the maximum penalty councils can issue for these offences, made sure money from those fines goes back into more enforcement and clean up, and now we are giving councils a further £1m boost.

“Our previous funding has achieved significant reductions in fly-tipping across many parts of England – which is why we will build on our successes and ensure councils have more resources to carry on the fight.”

The grants – totalling a combined £994,547, meaning a council usually will get about £50k – announced last week follow almost £1.2m allocated since 2022 across 32 other councils. A National Fly-tipping Prevention Group is working on a new fly-tipping toolkit, to offer guidance on how councils and others can present cases to court, set up and run local partnerships to tackle fly-tipping and raise awareness of the household and business waste duty of care.

The 26 councils are: Basildon, Blackburn with Darwen, Boston, Cheshire East, City of Wolverhampton, Cotswold District Council, East Riding of Yorkshire, Gateshead; in London, the boroughs of Brent, Hounslow, Merton and Sutton; North Northamptonshire, North Tyneside, North Warwickshire, North Yorkshire, Peterborough City, Redcar and Cleveland, Rochdale, Sefton Metropolitan, Southend-On-Sea, Stoke-on-Trent City, Sunderland City, Swale, Wealden and Wiltshire.

For example Hounslow will be installing CCTV cameras with ANPR (automatic number plate recognition) to identify offenders, while informing residents about correct waste disposal methods; Wolverhampton will introduce further CCTV, signage and AI-enabled SMART cameras, with images captured on the CCTV shared via the council’s ‘Shop a Tipper’ campaign for residents to identify criminals; and Cheshire East Council plans to provide hand-held devices to street enforcement officers for remote working.

Wiltshire Council recently announced mobile CCTV towers to be installed in laybys that have been identified as litter hotspots across the county. Anyone who is caught on video littering in one of these laybys will receive a fixed penalty notice (FPN) of £500; as part of the council’s Don’t Mess with Wiltshire campaign.


For background on fly-tipping visit the Keep Britain Tidy website. The charity is on a recruitment drive for ambassadors on its 70th anniversary. For an example of a council using ‘caught on camera’ footage of fly-tipping suspects, visit the Hull City Council website. See also the Hull website for a recent ‘caught on camera’ case under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Photo by Mark Rowe: signage, Greenwich, south east London.

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