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Litter and fly-tipping inquiry launched

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Councils are being urged to take part in a parliamentary inquiry into litter and fly-tipping.

The communities and local government select committee is particularly interested in evidence from local authority scrutiny committees about the issue in their area.

Written submissions to the inquiry should state how significant a problem litter and fly-tipping is, and whether current government policies are adequate and give local authorities enough autonomy to tackle the problem in local communities.

Key questions to address in submissions are:

  • What problems do litter and fly-tipping create for local communities – is the situation improving or deteriorating?
  • How effective are the actions of those responsible for managing waste in tackling litter and fly-tipping in the local environment? What more should local councils, the Environment Agency, and government-funded bodies such as the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) do?
  • Does the current statute, regulation and guidance set an effective framework to minimise litter and fly-tipping? What, if any, further changes are required?

The committee has also produced a video to encourage submissions.

The Keep Britain Tidy campaign has put a £1bn annual price tag on managing litter and its knock-on impacts nationally.

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