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Waste Management: Fly Tipping

Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) what steps he is taking to encourage local authorities to allow landowners to take fly-tipped waste to local authority waste management facilities; and if he will make a statement; (243073)

(2) what steps he is taking to help landowners deal with fly-tipped waste on private land;

(3) whether he plans to give (a) local authorities and (b) the Environment Agency an increased role in dealing with fly-tipped waste on private land.

Landowners may dispose of waste at local authority waste management facilities but will often be charged for disposal given that it is not household waste. We have no plans to impose a new, unfunded burden on local authorities by obliging them to accept fly-tipped waste free of charge.

DEFRA is this year funding the Environment Agency to work with major landowner organisations on the National Fly-tipping Prevention Group. The Landowner Partnership Programme aims to quantify the extent of fly-tipping on private land and, through the dissemination of best practice techniques, reduce the financial impact of waste crime on private landowners.