Fly-tipping (or 'dumping') is the illegal depositing of rubbish on a site with no license to accept waste. Fly-tipped waste generally consists of large items of rubbish that are dumped illegally on land (e.g. lay-bys, ditches, fields) instead of being disposed of properly at a landfill site tip.
Fly-tipping is illegal. UK waste comes under controls that impose a duty to ensure that waste is disposed of properly. Only holders of a Waste Management License can recover, transport, deposit or dispose of waste. Waste can only be deposited at officially authorised sites. Anyone fly-tipping waste is committing a serious offence.
Why is fly-tipping illegal?
Uncontrolled waste disposal can be hazardous to the public, especially when the waste consists of toxic material, asbestos sheeting or medical waste.
There can be environmental damage to land and watercourses
Fly-tipping is unsightly and detracts from the quality of an area.
Cleaning up fly tipping costs taxpayers money.
Why do people fly-tip?
Most people fly tip to avoid paying a disposal fee called 'landfill tax'. Household rubbish is already paid for through council tax, but other waste is not, and a charge generally exists to have this waste removed or even to drop the waste off at a licensed tip your self.
Fines and punishment for fly tipping
Fly-tipping fines are up to £20,000 and/or 6 months' imprisonment. Fines are unlimited if the case goes to the Crown Court or up to 2 years' imprisonment, and up to 5 years if hazardous waste is dumped.
It is also an offence to permit or authorise fly-tipping on land where a Waste Management License is not held.
Where fly-tipping involves the use of a vehicle, the driver can be prosecuted, as can the owner of the vehicle.
The police have powers to seize vehicles used for fly-tipping.
What should you do if you see someone fly tipping?
Do not approach the person carrying out the fly tipping but do try to remember / record any details including:
- Date, time and location of the occurrence,
- What the waste looked like and how much there was
- Description of any people or vehicles involved.
Never touch any of the waste or open containers as they may contain hazardous material.
Report it to us (contact details below).
How to Reporting a problem, concern or issue
Using our online form it's quick and easy to report a problem, concern or issue.
|Visit Fly Tipping Form|
Alternatively if you would like more information or wish to speak to a member of the Council's Streetscene team, please contact us:
Telephone: 01789 260616
Fax: 01789 260607