Officials will be given new powers to close off access to fly-tipping sites under government plans.
The Environment Agency will for the first time be able to padlock gates leading to illegal dumps.
The proposals also suggest allowing local authorities to fine householders whose waste ends up fly-tipped or illegally dumped. Currently councils can only prosecute them in court, but a fixed penalty notice would be less costly to enforce, and more proportionate.
Environment minister Therese Coffey said ‘waste crime’ cost the English economy more than £600million in 2015, including lost landfill tax revenues and clean-up costs. It also creates problems for people who live or work nearby with odour, vermin, pollution and fires. Waste criminals also undercut genuine businesses that dispose of rubbish responsibly.
(From the Daily Mail)