Fly tipping (or dumping) is the illegal depositing of rubbish on a site that does not have a licence to accept waste. Fly tipped waste generally consists of household waste or large items of rubbish that are dumped illegally on land (e.g. laybys, ditches, fields) instead of being disposed of correctly in household waste recycling centres.
Fly tipping is illegal. UK waste comes under controls that impose a duty to ensure that all waste is disposed of correctly. Only holders of Waste Management Licences can recover, transport, deposit or dispose of waste. Waste can only be disposed of at officially authorised sites. Anyone fly tipping waste is committing a serious offence.
Most people fly tip to avoid paying a disposal fee.
It is free to take household waste to Warwickshire County Council's Household Waste Recycling Centres, but there is a charge for commercial waste to be disposed of.
Householders must ensure that household waste is properly disposed of. The householder duty of care is provided by Section 34 (2A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (inserted by the Household Waste Duty of Care Regulations 2005). A breach of the household duty of care would also attract an unlimited fine if convicted.
If you have waste:
Do not approach the person carrying out the fly tipping but do try to remember and record any details including:
Never touch the waste or remove anything from the area. Do not open any bags or containers as they may contain hazardous material.
Report it to us using the contact details below.
You can report an instance of fly tipping via our online form below or by contacting us via telephone on 01789 260616.