Hertfordshire County Council’s award-winning, free fly-tipping toolkit has been adopted by 65 local authorities nationally.

Councils up and down the country are trying to combat fly-tipping because it has a negative impact on the environment.

More than a million fly-tipping incidents were dealt with across England in 2018/19, according to data from Defra.

Since 2016, Hertfordshire County Council has worked with numerous authorities including the police and Environment Agency to form the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group - with the sole purpose to reduce the amount of fly-tipping in the county.

Duncan Jones, chairman of the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group, said: "The national success of our fly-tipping campaign is a result of our successful partnership working to create this award-winning free toolkit that can be easily adopted by all local authorities across the country.

"Our toolkit gives advice and guidance on how best to implement a fly tipping campaign including the best media channels and hard copy materials.

"The success of our approach saw fly-tipping across Hertfordshire, in 2017/18, reduced by 17.9 per cent compared to the previous 12 months."

Seventy-four local authorities have the toolkit and are due to roll it out in the next 12-18 months, with 53 more local authorities nationally in dialogue with the FTG with a view to coming on board with Hertfordshire’s campaign. This makes over 190 local authorities nationally.