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Fly-tipping

What is fly-tipping?

How to report fly-tipping

Removal of dumped rubbish

Duty of care

 

Fly-tipping or dumping rubbish is illegal and can be dangerous. It also ruins the appearance of your neighbourhood so don't put up with it - report it!

What is fly-tipping

Fly-tipping is when someone illegally dumps waste.

This could be on public or privately owned land without permission of the land owner, or on land that doesn't have a waste management licence (issued by the Environment Agency).

Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence. Those convicted receive a criminal record. At Magistrates' Court offenders can face a fine up to £50,000 and/or a term of imprisonment up to 12 months. In Crown Court the punishment can increase to that of an unlimited fine and/or a term of imprisonment up to five years.

How to report fly-tipping

Don't put up with dumped rubbish - report it! Use our fly-tipping online form or call us on 01623 463463. 

If you witness a fly-tipping incident, please follow these guidelines:

  1. Do not approach the person fly-tipping or tamper with the waste. They could become aggressive and waste may be hazardous.
  2. Make notes of key details, date, time, location and what was dumped.
  3. Make notes of descriptions of the people involved in the incident.
  4. If a vehicle was involved, please note vehicle registration mark, make, model, and colour.

Removal of dumped rubbish

We will visit the scene to establish the quantity of rubbish and if it is our responsibility, we will remove it. We will also look for evidence, with a view to prosecuting offenders.

If the rubbish is deposited on private property it is the responsibility of the landowner to remove it.

We will normally remove fly-tipped rubbish within 24 hours, although large amounts of contaminated rubbish may require specialist removal.

Duty of care

Every household and business has a duty to dispose of its waste correctly.

Under the household duty of care, householders must ensure that waste is properly disposed of, using a registered waste carrier. Household waste includes waste from domestic properties, caravans and residential homes.

When getting people to remove your waste you must check that they hold a waste carrier licence and ask for a receipt when your waste is collected.

Failure to comply with the duty of care can result in a fine of up to £50,000 and 12 months imprisonment. Vehicles used in the illegal dumping of waste can be seized and crushed.

For more information on household duty of care please see pdf icon Fly-tipping and the law leaflet [1Mb]. To check if a waste carrier is licensed, contact the Environment Agency or call 08708 506506.



Page last updated: 15 August 2017

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