Councils given power to seize waste crime vehicles

Enforcement officers will be given more power to deal with those suspected of being involved in fly-tipping. The new legislation, which was introduced in Parliament yesterday, will allow local authorities […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Enforcement officers will be given more power to deal with those suspected of being involved in fly-tipping.

The new legislation, which was introduced in Parliament yesterday, will allow local authorities to stop, search and seize vehicles, making it easier for them to crack down on waste crime.

They are expected to come into force from 6th April 2015, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) said.

In 2013/14, local authorities dealt with 852,000 incidents of fly-tipping, costing an estimated £45.2 million to clear up.

It refers to dumping waste illegally instead of using an authorised method such as kerbside collection.

Resource Management Minister Dan Rogerson said: “Fly-tipping blights communities and poses a risk to human health, which is why we are supporting the seizure of vehicles suspected of involvement in this pernicious crime. The removal of their means to dispose of waste illegally will act as a greater deterrent to persistent offenders.”

England generates around 177 million tonnes of waste every year.