Fly-tipping is not a victimless crime

Neil Parish MP led a Westminster Hall debate on reducing fly-tipping yesterday morning.


Fly-tipping has been increasing since 2012, and last year the cost of the clean-up on public land cost the taxpayer approximately £58 million. This is separate to the clean-up costs on private land, which is paid for by landowners and farmers, costing them on average over £800 per fly-tip. Neil was keen to discuss some of the ways the Government could take more action to reduce it.


Speaking after the debate Neil said: “Fly-tipping is not a victimless crime. The selfish act of fly-tipping destroys our environment. People need to take responsibility for their own waste and should not expect somebody else to tidy up after them.


“Unfortunately, the taxpayer and private landowners are left to foot the bill for somebody else’s crime. I want the Government to increase fines for fly-tipping and was encouraged to hear the Minister will discuss with Transport colleagues giving the DVLA new powers to seize fly-tippers vehicles. But other preventative action needs to be taken. This includes councils scrapping charges to remove large items and ensuring waste and recycling centres are more accessible for everyone.”


You can find the text of the full debate here.