Recently Defra has announced that there are going to be new penalties introduced for anyone caught illegally dumping waste in the countryside. The new changes include a £400 on the spot fine for anyone caught and local authorities being given given greater powers to tackle the crime by issuing penalty notices of between £150 and £400 to those caught in the act of fly-tipping ( this is anything from old fridges or sofas to garden waste or rubble).
Introducing fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping is the latest move in a government crackdown on waste crime, which costs the economy millions of pounds a year in clean-up costs, undermines legitimate business, and poses serious risks to our environment.
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As well as the new government action there are ways in which people can report any cases of fly-tipping they find to try and resolve issues in their local area. In Kent there is a mobile app called County Eye which allows people to take a photograph of the fly-tipping they see and post it onto the app. Once posted, the location, date and time is recorded and the Country Eye team report it to the local council to get it removed and cleaned up. For more updates follow their Twitter or Facebook accounts!