Tackling Littering and Fly-tipping: Promoting Enforcement, Education and Community Engagement

According to recent figures from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), fly-tipping is on the rise again, with the number of incidents up for the third year in a row. Councils across England reported 936,090 cases of fly-tipping in 2015-16, an increase of 4% on the previous year. The cost of clearing up the fly-tipped rubbish for councils is estimated at £49.8 million. In May 2016 local authorities were given new powers to tackle the waste crime by issuing penalty notices of between £150 and £400 to those caught in the act of fly-tipping anything from old-fridges or sofas,
to garden waste or rubble. However, according to figures from January 2017, of the 302 councils with responsibility for tackling fly-tipping only 118 had handed out fixed penalties, whereas 184 councils had not issued any, with many having not yet put in place the new rules.

In April 2017, the Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom unveiled the Government’s fist Litter Strategy for England aiming to reduce the £800m burden of littering and fly tipping to the taxpayer. Under the new measures, the most serious litterers could be fined up to £150, while vehicle owners could receive penalty notices if proven that litter was thrown from their car. Further measures introduced in the new strategy include recommendations that offenders undertaking community service should assist councils in clearing litter and fly tipped waste, whilst an increase in the number of Eco-Schools under ambitions for the creation of a ‘green generation’. These measures accompanied the commitment of additional funding to support innovative community-led projects working to tackle litter and disseminate best practice. 

This timely symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for national and local authorities, the environmental sector, the police, private landowners, schools, businesses, third sector groups and other stakeholders to examine the latest developments and assess existing approaches to reducing flytipping and littering within our localities. The event will also identify and explore the next steps in tackling this issue across the country.

Delegates will:

  • Review the latest policy developments and examine the first Litter Strategy for England
  • Evaluate the implementation of the Fixed Penalty Notices and share lessons learned
  • Explore the role of the local authorities, the Environmental Agency, landowners, the police and other stakeholders in reducing litter and fly-tipping in streets and highways
  • Develop strategies to strengthen cross-sector partnership working
  • Discuss ways to create a ‘green generation’ culture and consider the role for schools in educating children and young people
  • Share best practice and ideas on how to overcome the challenges posed by fly-tipping
  • Hear from colleagues on ways to raise awareness through local campaigns and the use of social media

There is a 20% early registration discount off the standard delegate rates (subject to type of organisation and terms and conditions) for bookings received by the 1st September 2017. For further details about the symposium, please refer to the event brochure by clikcing on 'full details' below. 

In the meantime, to ensure your organisation is represented, please book online or complete and return the registration form below at your earliest convenience in order to secure your delegate place(s).

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