The new financial penalties for fly-tipping, which could see fines of up to £400 being handed to offenders, are now in force.
Fly-tipping cost councils in England £57.7m to clear up over the 2016-17 period. Around two thirds of this was household waste.
A Government consultation found 88% of local authorities agreed a new fixed penalty notice would help tackle fly-tipping.
Whitehall has issued guidance to ensure councils use these new powers ‘proportionately’ and warns against their use as a means of raising funds.