Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy has welcomed the new fixed penalty notices for fly-tipping which come into force on Monday.
However, the charity has warns that these alone will not turn back the rising tide of fly-tipping and more needs to be done.
We are delighted the Government has listened to Keep Britain Tidy and to the local authorities who have been calling for this change to the law
The new fines, of between £150 and £400, will allow local authorities to deal with small-scale fly-tipping quickly and efficiently, without the need to take offenders to court, helping them tackle a growing problem that is costing nearly £50m a year to deal with.
In 2014/15 local authorities in England dealt with 900,000 incidents of fly-tipping, an increase of 5.6% on the previous year.
Keep Britain Tidy has been calling for the introduction of a fixed penalty notice for fly-tipping for some time to help councils deal with what is a growing problem in England.
Chief executive Allison Ogden-Newton said: “The new Fixed Penalty Notices give local authorities a new weapon in their fight against the fly-tipping which is blighting our country.
“We are delighted the Government has listened to Keep Britain Tidy and to the local authorities who have been calling for this change to the law.
“However, more work is needed if we are to get a grip on this problem, in particular looking at prevention.”