A new toolkit for tackling fly-tipping has been developed by the National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group.
The Fly-tipping Partnership Framework outlines best practice guidelines for the prevention, reporting, investigation and clearance of fly-tipping.
It recognises that the scale and nature of fly-tipping varies from place to place and is designed to be adapted by local partnership groups to suit the circumstances in their areas.
The NFTPG is chaired by Defra and includes representatives from central and local government, enforcement authorities, the waste industry – including CIWM – the police and fire service, private landowners, Keep Britain Tidy and the Devolved Administrations.
The report sets out the challenges identified in tackling fly-tipping, and offers an approach to overcoming these.
Main problems and challenges highlighted include:
- inconsistency in the way local authorities, the Environment Agency and police engage with private landowners
- police may sometimes regard fly-tipping as a less serious crime than others they are dealing with
- differing levels of resources that local authorities allocate to tackling fly-tipping
- the process for reporting and dealing with fly-tipping can be unclear and/or complex
- tackling fly-tipping needs a range of central Government, local government and stakeholder interventions if it is to be successful.
The report goes on to suggest measures that could be used in order to help prevent fly-tipping, including:
- the promotion of Duty of Care by local authorities
- Better promotion by local authorities on fly-tipping prevention for landowners, such as, Tackling Fly-Tipping: A guide for landowners and land managers
- publicity around fly-tipping penalties
- use of local education initiatives to promote environmental awareness
- consideration by local authorities and waste operators to open up sites to businesses for a reasonable cost.
The Group meets quarterly and seeks to find ways to influence behaviour to prevent or reduce fly-tipping.
The NFTPG has its own website at http://www.tacklingflytipping.com/ and has previously produced guidance on fly-tipping prevention aimed at local authorities and private landowners. At the time of publication a new contract is being let to review and update, the website.
“The best practice principles in the Framework for the prevention, reporting, investigation and clearance of fly-tipping are already being used as the basis for two Defra-funded pilots in Swindon and Suffolk”
Almost three quarters of a million fly-tipping incidents were reported by councils in England in 2012/13. Although there has been a steady decline in the amount of fly-tipping recorded in recent years the position is still serious.
The ministerial foreword to the document, as written by resources Minister Dan Rogerson and Brandon Lewis, parliamentary undersecretary of state for communities and local government, stated: “We welcome the Fly-Tipping Partnership Framework which provides useful practical advice on how to prevent and tackle the problem and includes a handy checklist for use by councils and local partnerships.
“We are grateful for the collaborative efforts of members of the National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group in developing the Framework and many others for sharing their experience and expertise to produce a sound up-to-date reference document. The best practice principles in the Framework for the prevention, reporting, investigation and clearance of fly-tipping are already being used as the basis for two Defra-funded pilots in Swindon and Suffolk.
“We very much look forward to seeing the outcome of the pilots and how the ideas in the Framework can be applied on the ground. We also want to encourage others to share their experience and ideas.
“It is through collective action by all that we stand the best chance of winning the ongoing battle with fly-tippers. We would strongly encourage local groups to work together in partnership and use the Framework to help find the right solutions for their areas.”
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