The Government's licensing system for waste carriers is failing to stop fly-tipping
A recent BBC Panorama investigation has recognised how the Government’s licensing system for waste carriers is failing to stop fly-tipping, revealing that there were more than a million fly-tipping incidents in 2019 in England alone.
Despite all businesses that transport and dispose of waste in England having a legal license requirement with the Environment Agency; even some licensed firms were found guilty of fly-tipping incidents, which begs the question whether the criteria for being granted a license in the first instance is thorough enough.
Fly-tipping usually occurs for rubbish that is usually difficult to dispose of, or to recycle and would typically incur fees such as landfill tax were a responsible waste management company to handle it appropriately.
While the Government has said that the licensing system is being reformed and greater control has been passed to local councils to manage issues such as fly-tipping, it appears more stringent enforcement is required if the problem is to be eradicated.
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