Litter enforcement and fly-tipping offences

The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Litter enforcement and fly-tipping offences
  • Littering and fly-tipping
  • What is fly-tipping?
  • Regulators
  • Fly-tipping statistics
  • England
  • Wales
  • Fly-tipping offences
  • Unlawful deposit of waste
  • Offence
  • More...

Litter enforcement and fly-tipping offences

Littering and fly-tipping

In April 2017, the government published its Litter Strategy for England. The aim of the strategy is to work with communities and business to reduce litter and to create a new way of monitoring the amount of litter in England. The strategy also focuses on improving enforcement.

‘Reducing litter and littering’ is one of the key policies under the 25-Year Environment Plan (25 YEP) published in 2018. For more information on the 25 YEP, see Practice Note: 25 Year Environment Plan Tracker.

In its Resources and Waste Strategy (RWS), the government sets out how it will minimise waste, promoting resource efficiency and moving towards a circular economy in England. The RWS outlines how the government intends to minimise the damage caused to the natural environment by reducing and managing waste, and by tackling waste crime including fly-tipping. It provides a long-term policy direction in line with the 25 YEP. For more information on RWS, see Practice Note: Waste—the circular economy and News Analysis: Government publishes resources and waste strategy.

The Environment Act 2021 (EA 2021) introduces measures to improve the proportionality and fairness of enforcement against littering, as part of the continued delivery of the Litter Strategy for England. EA 2021 also aims to deter waste crime by ensuring regulators can take effective enforcement action, and detect waste crime by allowing for electronic waste

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