New laws to tackle flytipping welcomed

New proposals aimed at tackling fly-tipping have been welcomed by High Peak Borough Council.

The Government is proposing to give councils the power to issue fines of up to £400, rather than take people to court, if their waste ends up in illegal tips.

The news has been welcomed by the council’s head of operational services Cllr Emily Thrane.

She said: “Fly-tipping blights communities. It’s anti-social and costly to clean up so any new measures which seek to address this are to be welcomed.

“We know that there are rogue operators out there who will offer to take away rubbish for payment and then dump it illegally.”

She wants residents to safeguard themselves by carrying out a few simple checks.

They are being urged to check  the Environment Agency website to find out whether their waste is being taken away by a licensed operator.