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Fly-tipping

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What is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping (or dumped rubbish) is the illegal deposit of any waste dumped onto any land or highway not licensed to accept waste. Waste includes:

  • general household waste
  • larger domestic items, i.e. fridges and furniture, etc
  • garden refuse
  • commercial waste, such as builder's rubble and soil
  • clinical waste
  • tyres

Such waste can occur in any quantities, in any mixture, in any location.

If you witness a fly-tipping and there is conclusive evidence then the Environment Agency will prosecute the offenders.

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What can we deal with?

We can clear fly-tipped material from public land but generally material dumped on private land becomes the responsibility of the occupier of the land (or the owner if the land is unoccupied).

If fly-tipping occurs on private land then the owner or occupier of the land is technically responsible for clearing it at their own expense. If the material is, or becomes, hazardous or a danger to public health the Councils will be able to offer advice and guidance on how the waste should be removed. The Councils may also be able to offer a clearance service at the expense of the land occupier or owner and we can provide a free no obligation quote in these circumstances.

If you have evidence that identifies a possible perpetrator the Councils can carry out further investigations on your behalf.

The Councils can also offer advice on minimising further fly-tipping problems.

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How you can help reduce fly-tipping

If you employ someone to take material away from your premises, like tree cuttings or building rubble, please ensure that they show you their waste disposal licence. This is a license issued by the local authority and ensures that the contractor disposes of any waste material in a legally satisfactory manner.

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Report fly-tipping

We will take action against anyone found to be dumping rubbish. The maximum penalty for fly tipping can be a fine of up to £50,000 and/or 6 months imprisonment if the case were to go to Court, although we can issue a fixed penalty fine of £2,500 for fly-tipping.

The law imposes a duty on Householders to ensure that waste is disposed of properly and that the people we give our waste to also dispose of it in a proper and safe way.

You can report litter and fly-tipping or get in touch with us using one of the methods below:

Small scale incidents

A small scale fly-tipping incident is about the amount that would fit in a car boot or a small van.

Large scale incidents

A large scale fly-tipping incident is about the amount that would need a large van or lorry to move it.

Large scale fly-tipping incidents should be reported to the Environment Agency on the National helpline on 0800 807 060.
or via their website:

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