Flytipping and waste crime
Flytipping is the depositing of waste illegally. The offence of flytipping is enforceable by both the Environment Agency, local authorities like ourselves and the Police with penalties that can include an unlimited fine and a prison sentence.
Everyone who produces waste has a legal duty of care to ensure it is disposed of properly. A person or business may be guilty of a flytipping offence if their waste is found to have been dumped, even if the dumping was carried out by someone else.
If you employ someone to take your waste away, always check they have a proper waste disposal licence and take their name, address and vehicle details. Failing to do so could result in you being prosecuted if your waste is fly-tipped.
The registered keeper of a vehicle could also be prosecuted if their vehicle is used during a flytipping offence.
Information and contact details to arrange a bulky waste collection by our officers is available in our Bulky Waste Collection Procedure.
Ten top tips to combat flytipping
- ask your builder or waste carrier for their permit
- check out their company registration on the Environment Agency website
- look online at what a permit looks like
- ask for a Waste Transfer Note - information about this is available on the government website gov.uk
- photograph the material they take and the vehicle they use
- ensure you know their name, business address and contact details
- if you see someone shady 'helping' your neighbour, do something
- protect your own property from tippers
- report tipping when you see it
- report suspicious or illegal activity