Find out about the problem of fly-tipping and how you can report it.
You can report a problem with fly-tipping online or you can call us on 0300 123 0900.
What is fly-tipping?
Most of us dispose of our waste using proper and safe routes, but there are others who choose to tip their waste in the countryside, or on other people's land. This is fly-tipping. Fly-tipping is the illegal disposal of waste.
A Summary of the Law Prohibiting Unauthorised or Harmful Deposit, Treatment or Disposal, etc. of Waste Environmental Protection Act 1990 Part II Waste on Land, Section 33
You've seen the signs - but what do they really mean?
All UK waste is subject to strict controls
Only holders of a Waste Management Licence can recover, transport, deposit or dispose of waste. (Your household waste is exempt so long as it is within your own premises or garden with exception to asbestos, mineral oil or clinical waste)
Waste can only be deposited at officially authorised sites.
Anyone fly-tipping waste is committing a serious offence. Fines are up to £40,000 - unlimited if indicated to the High Court, or an offender can be sent to prison.
It is also an offence to permit fly-tipping
Fly-tipping often involves use of a vehicle. The driver can be prosecuted and so can the person in control of the vehicle. The police have powers to seize vehicles used for fly-tipping. (Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 section 6)
What to do
- Put your domestic waste in the bin or bag provided by your local authority. They will collect the waste free of charge.
- Take your garden or household waste to a civic amenity site; there is no charge for householders although large loads may be redirected to a nearby waste management facility.
- If you need to dispose of extra or bulky waste contact our waste collection service or use a licensed waste carrier. Tel 0300 123 0900
- Ask your local authority to collect commercial waste; there will be a charge. Or you can employ a licensed waste collector. There is a charge for disposing of commercial waste at council sites.
Fly-tipping is unsightly, harmful, expensive to clean up and it's illegal. So whether there's a 'no fly-tipping' sign or not never dump waste anywhere other than an official site.