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Fly-tipping is the dumping of rubbish or unwanted
items on land that is not licensed to accept
To report fly-tipping tell us:
- where the fly-tipping is happening
- what the rubbish is and the amount of it
- description of the person fly-tipping or the registration
number of any vehicle that was involved (this makes it possible to
trace and prosecute the fly-tippers. We may also set up
special surveillance in areas which are regularly fly-tipped)
You may be asked to make a witness statement so that we can take
legal action against the offender.
Everyone has a legal responsibility to dispose of waste
properly. All waste must be dealt with by a registered carrier. If
someone claims to be registered but you are unsure, call the
Environment Agency on 08708 506 506 and request an
instant Waste Carrier Validation. You can also use the Environment Agency's
Additionally, our Fair Trader scheme offers a list of Trading
Standards-accredited businesses, all of which have trade waste
agreements, including companies that specialise in waste
Fly-tipping can present a hazard to the public, it can pollute
the land and watercourses, looks unsightly and costs tax-payers
significant amounts of money to clear it away.
For large or bulky items, you
can book a standard collection (£20) or express
(quicker) collection (£36) and we will take up to 3 items per
collection. This now includes certain
large electrical items.
You can also take your household rubbish to any of the 3
household waste sites and
Fly-tipping on land which is private is the responsibility of
the land owner or owners who, in certain circumstances, can be made
to clear away the rubbish.
The fines for fly-tipping are substantial and can be up to
£50,000, with a six-month prison sentence. If the case is taken to
crown court, the fines can be unlimited and if hazardous waste,
such as asbestos, is dumped, a
prison sentence of up to five years can be imposed. Vehicles used
for fly-tipping can be seized by the police.