Waste Management

07.12.15

Councils and Whitehall team up for first national litter strategy

Councils and partners will work with central government on the country’s first-ever national litter clampdown to ensure a joined-up approach to the growing issue.

Whitehall announced the launch of the national strategy this weekend as part of its response to the Commons Communities and Local Government Committee’s inquiry on littering and fly-tipping in England.

It will work with town halls, campaign groups and businesses – including fast food firms and manufacturers of chewing gum, confectionary and soft drinks – to develop a “collective sense of responsibility” and coherent strategy.

Environment minister Rory Stewart said: “Litter has such a huge impact on the quality of our streets and public spaces, which is why we will be working with businesses, environmental groups and local authorities to develop a national litter strategy.

“We all have a responsibility to keep our communities tidy and our plans will improve the way we work together to tackle this persistent, costly and avoidable problem. We are also giving councils new power to tackle small-scale fly-tipping and we are looking to introduce higher fixed penalty notices for littering.

“The government is committed to localism and the transfer of power to local communities. This is particularly relevant in dealing with litter and fly-tipping problems, which require a local approach, tailored to the characteristics of the area and the community in which the problems occur.”

This transfer of power will also include introducing regulations that enhance enforcement authorities’ powers to seize vehicles suspected of being involved in waste crime.

The move follows the LGA’s request in October for more effective powers to deter fly-tipping, including by teaming up with major supermarkets to tackle the growing number of dumped trolleys costing councils up to £50m per year.

In Whitehall’s response to the Committee, it added: “Our priority is to deliver our manifesto commitment to review the case for increasing the fines for littering offences. As the Committee notes, this could assist in encouraging local authorities to make effective use of Fixed Penalty Notices to deter littering and provide additional resources to help with the cost of litter clearance.

“As part of the process of developing a national litter strategy, we will establish working groups on roadside litter, and on wider enforcement issues, and work in collaboration with all interested parties including councils, Highways England, motoring organisations and professional road users, under the direction of a Litter Strategy Advisory Group, chaired by a Defra minister.”

And as part of recommendations from the Committee’s inquiry, the government will also put in place an annual Community Clear Up Day from 2016 – staring with a ‘Clean for the Queen’ for her 90th birthday.

The first Clear Up Day was held on 21 March and saw hundreds of events taking place countrywide, with coordinated activities held by local authorities, parish councils, community groups and businesses.

Comments

James Phillips   08/12/2015 at 14:03

Only the creation of a new national post of National Litter Tsar can effectively combat and eradicate the litter/fly-tipping problem. Councils are simply not capable of doing it for several reasons - namely, motivation, resources, budget, ability/ capability, weaknesses in relevant legislation and individual interpretation of the current legislation. http://tinyurl.com/pyclu4s

Andrew   28/03/2017 at 15:17

The area o Salford that live in is constantly blighted by litter. I never hear of anyone being prosecuted or fined never see any inspectors. Litter is often left for weeks and nothing is done about it. with so many people out of work we should be able to have them contribute something to the society/community by helping to clean their local area and perhaps instil a sense of social pride. Though of course the @Left' would cry that it is 'deeming' or tantamount to 'slave' labour' or some such.

Add your comment

 

public sector executive tv

more videos >

latest public sector news

Up to 2,500 homes on the way as part of York Central development proposals submitted

14/08/2018Up to 2,500 homes on the way as part of York Central development proposals submitted

Around 6,500 jobs and a 20% surge in the local economy are expected after landmark new plans were submitted for planning permission in York. ... more >
Fight against Dorset merger ends as Christchurch council accepts defeat

14/08/2018Fight against Dorset merger ends as Christchurch council accepts defeat

Christchurch Borough Council has agreed not to take its legal fight to the Court of Appeal following the refusal of its Judicial Review applicati... more >
Social housing green paper only small step compared to ‘huge need’ for affordable homes, LGA says

14/08/2018Social housing green paper only small step compared to ‘huge need’ for affordable homes, LGA says

The government’s social housing green paper is “only a small step” in delivering more social homes says the UK’s largest ... more >

editor's comment

25/10/2017Take a moment to celebrate

Devolution, restructuring and widespread service reform: from a journalist’s perspective, it’s never been a more exciting time to report on the public sector. That’s why I could not be more thrilled to be taking over the reins at PSE at this key juncture. There could not be a feature that more perfectly encapsulates this... read more >

last word

The importance of openness after Grenfell

The importance of openness after Grenfell

Following the recent Grenfell Tower tragedy, Lord Porter, chairman of the LGA, argues that if the public are going to have faith in the safety testing process then everything must be out in the o... more > more last word articles >
Up to 2,500 homes on the way as part of York Central development proposals submitted

14/08/2018Up to 2,500 homes on the way as part of York Central development proposals submitted

Around 6,500 jobs and a 20% surge in the local economy are expected after landmark new plans were submitted for planning permission in York. Making use of one of the largest city-centre brow... more >
Fight against Dorset merger ends as Christchurch council accepts defeat

14/08/2018Fight against Dorset merger ends as Christchurch council accepts defeat

Christchurch Borough Council has agreed not to take its legal fight to the Court of Appeal following the refusal of its Judicial Review application, with leader Cllr David Flagg apologising for t... more >

the raven's daily blog

Don’t horse around! Council finds new home for house-bound pony

13/08/2018Don’t horse around! Council finds new home for house-bound pony

A council that took four years in a legal wrangle to remove a pony from an Isle of Lewis house may have found the four-legged beast a new home. Western Isles council removed Grey Lady Too – a Connemara pony that was taken into the home by pensioner Stephanie Noble on Christmas Eve in 2011 – from its residence in 2014 because i... more >
read more blog posts from 'the raven' >

comment

A new era of opportunity for the north

13/08/2018A new era of opportunity for the north

It’s time to stop seeing transport investment as a nice-to-have: it’s a cut-through catalyst for growth in sectors across the north. ... more >
Council mergers: little gain, less democratic

13/08/2018Council mergers: little gain, less democratic

Dr Linze Schaap, associate professor at the Tilburg Centre for Regional Law and Governance, and Dr Niels Karsten, assistant professor at the Tilb... more >
Creating a council cloud-first approach

13/08/2018Creating a council cloud-first approach

Georgina Maratheftis, programme manager for local government at techUK, makes the case for wider adoption of cloud technology by local authoritie... more >
The strength of districts

13/08/2018The strength of districts

Cllr Isobel Darby, member lead for quality of life at the District Councils’ Network (DCN) and leader of Chiltern District Council, shares ... more >

interviews

Modern policing: the future is bright

06/08/2018Modern policing: the future is bright

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The public sector, and policing in particular, has often been criticised as being slow to adapt to change. But now, says L... more >
Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

06/08/2018Michael King: Time for Ombudsman reform

Michael King first joined the Local Government Ombudsman service back in 2004 as deputy ombudsman. At the start of 2017, he was appointed as the ... more >
Helping a city understand itself

06/08/2018Helping a city understand itself

SPONSORED INTERVIEW The urban landscape is changing. How can local authorities keep up with citizen behaviour? Stephen Leece, managing directo... more >
Data at the heart of digital transformation

03/04/2018Data at the heart of digital transformation

SPONSORED INTERVIEW Grant Caley, UK & Ireland chief technologist at NetApp, speaks to PSE’s Luana Salles about the benefits of movin... more >

public sector focus

View all News