Councils handed power to fine householders over fly-tipping

Councils can issue penalties of up to £400 to householders who fail to check that they have passed their waste to a registered carrier, under new powers which came into force this week (7 January).

The measure is intended to toughen the laws around waste disposal to prevent illegal dumping of material from households, by making it easy for councils to take action against those who have failed to ensure that their waste is handled responsibly.

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