Defra Seeks Views On Council Litter Enforcement Guidance

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is seeking views on guidance to English councils about using their litter enforcement powers fairly and effectively.

Defra committed in the Litter Strategy for England to publish improved guidance to promote proportionate and responsible enforcement and now wants to know what you think about its guidance on proportionate and effective use of fixed penalties for littering and related offences.

The guidance is relevant for other environmental fixed penalty powers such as for abandoned vehicles, fly-tipping, parking, and offences related to domestic waste bins, Defra says.

“We committed in the Litter Strategy for England to publish improved guidance to promote proportionate and responsible enforcement,” the Department says. “We intend to put this guidance into the Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse. Land managers in England have to have regard to this code.”

The news follows Defra’s recent announcement that the maximum on-the-spot fine for littering and graffiti has almost doubled from £80 to £150. For the first time, local authorities can also use these littering penalties against vehicle owners if it can be proved litter was thrown from their car.

Serco research this week also revealed Brits support taking a “significantly tougher” stance on punishing those who litter, giving their backing to a range of strict new measures to tackle the growing problem.

This consultation closes on 8 June 2018.


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  1. Yes..What action is taken to local councils that do not adhere to the code and proposals of litter management. If failure to tackle a culprit that repeatedly fly tips and throws rubbish on a business park that a council owns and is aware of the unlawful dumping of rubbish and states this is acceptable to them what hope of litter penalties and environment improvement can be made with no interest from the council. Re NEDDC ..
    Small business having to sue council for allowing fly tipping and dumping of rubbish and breaching lease terms and conditions by allowing skips on site [EDITED] outside my business. At the moment one toilet one gas bottle numerous boxes and pipes plastic tanks strewn over surrounding gardens and no access to fire door due to the rubbish dumped by another tenant. Councils can prosecute offenders but how do Councils get prosecuted. They don’t they have no one to answer to …..

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