Private landowners face increasing costs as fly-tipping reaches one million cases a year

Record lev­els of ille­gal fly-tip­ping report­ed this week are like­ly to lead to an increased bur­den of costs to pri­vate landown­ers in remov­ing the waste, claims VPS, a lead­ing prop­er­ty man­age­ment spe­cial­ist. A gov­ern­ment report[1] just issued esti­mates that the pri­vate sec­tor already pays up to three times more than local author­i­ties to dis­pose of ille­gal­ly dumped rub­bish. The cost of fly-tip­ping on pri­vate land is esti­mat­ed to cost up to £150 mil­lion a year, in com­par­i­son to the cost of clear­ance of fly-tip­ping to local author­i­ties in Eng­land at near­ly £50 million.

A stag­ger­ing 900,000 cas­es of fly-tip­ping were report­ed by local author­i­ties in the most recent record­ed 12-month peri­od.” Says Gavin Pringle, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of prop­er­ty secu­ri­ty and sup­port ser­vices com­pa­ny VPS, who employ spe­cial­ist teams to clean and clear rub­bish and waste from prop­er­ties and sur­round­ing land. 


Add to that the instances that go unre­port­ed, par­tic­u­lar­ly on pri­vate land, then the actu­al fig­ure is high­ly like­ly to be well over a mil­lion cas­es of the ille­gal dis­pos­al of house­hold, indus­tri­al and com­mer­cial waste.”

New fixed penal­ty fines are intro­duced this week to help tack­le the grow­ing issue of fly-tip­ping in Eng­land and Wales, so that now local author­i­ties have the pow­ers to issue fines of between £150 to £400 for small-scale fly-tip­ping cas­es. The fines are in addi­tion to the more sub­stan­tial inci­dents which are crim­i­nal offences pun­ish­able by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months’ impris­on­ment if con­vict­ed in a Mag­is­trates’ Court. The offence can attract an unlim­it­ed fine and up to 5 years’ impris­on­ment if con­vict­ed in a Crown Court.

Pri­vate landown­ers may not realise it, but it is their respon­si­bil­i­ty to remove fly-tipped waste and dis­pose of it legal­ly, and at their expense. They can be fined £5,000 and a fur­ther £500 per day if they don’t.” Com­ments Gavin Pringle. It makes eco­nom­ic and envi­ron­men­tal sense to imple­ment mea­sures that pre­vent fly-tip­ping in the first place and intro­duce stronger perime­ter secu­ri­ty, which might include CCTV.”

[1] www​.par​lia​ment​.uk/​b​r​i​e​f​i​n​g-pap…