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LGA response to Defra consultation on proposals to tackle crime and poor performance in the waste sector

The LGA responded to consultation from government on new powers for councils to issue fixed penalty notices to householders for failing to meet their duties in disposing of waste. This could provide a useful alternative to prosecution for “duty of care” offences.

We encourage government to consider a wider range of solutions to fly-tipping, including a faster and more effective legal system for prosecuting the most serious cases of fly-tipping. Criminal activity will not be deterred by a new fine for householders. Councils would like to see hard hitting penalties that send a strong message to illegal waste operators.

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