More action against fly tipping
I am regularly contacted about the problems of fly tipping and you will know that problems in parts of our constituency have made the national news. This week I was was pleased to support new fixed penalty notices for fly tipping. We all need to take more responsibility and know how our rubbish is disposed of.
So I want local residents to be aware that people who give their waste to someone “in good faith” but who then fly-tips – could face a fixed penalty notice of £300.
These new rules were agreed yesterday by Assembly Members making it easier for councils to take action against householders who hand their waste to people not authorised to handle it.
It is shocking that Councils saw more than 35,000 incidents of fly-tipping in just one year. They cost Welsh taxpayers £2m in clean-up costs in 2017-18.
A Welsh Government report suggests that 60% of fly-tipping incidents originate from domestic households – often the result of the householder failing to check where the waste will end up allowing an unauthorised person to take it away.
We all need to take more responsibility for how our waste is disposed of and this means asking questions of those that offer to take it away.
The plans passed by the Senedd on Tuesday mean a fixed penalty of £300 – reduced to £150 if paid early – could be given to households that breach their “waste duty of care”.