Cautious welcome as Wales fly-tipping fixed penalty move to be approved

The National Assembly for Wales is today expected to approve new rules making it easier for councils and Natural Resources Wales to take action against householders who hand their waste to people not authorised to handle it.

People who give their waste to someone "in good faith" who then fly-tips it could now face a fixed penalty notice of £300. Currently, householders can be issued with a fixed penalty notice if they fly-tip their domestic waste themselves.

In 2017-18, councils in Wales saw more than 35,000 incidents of fly-tipping, which cost Welsh taxpayers £2m to clean-up.

Commenting on the introduction of fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping in Wales, Shadow Minister for the Environment, Andrew RT Davies AM, said:

“This is a welcome step as fly-tipping is a huge cost to the Welsh taxpayer, blights the areas it occurs in, and poses substantial risks to the environment and human health.

“There will be concerns in some quarters regarding the level of fine which is being proposed, particularly as legitimately disposing of some materials can in some cases cost significantly more than the deterrent being proposed.

“Enforcement will be crucial in tackling this scourge, but with the hollowing out of local government and Natural Resources Wales by the Labour Government in Cardiff Bay, there is some doubt that there is enough boots on the ground to enforce these penalties.

“Nevertheless, this is a step in the right direction and we await to see whether this successfully tackles the fly-tipping epidemic in Wales.”