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Fly tipping

Report fly tipping

Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It can be dangerous, pollutes land and waterways and costs significant amounts of council tax payer’s money to clear away.

When reporting incidents, please try to include as much information as possible, such as:

  • Description of any vehicles involved in the tipping – make, model, colour, signage, registration
  • Location of fly tipping incident and date/time of incident if witnessed
  • Description of the material tipped
  • Description of any people seen tipping
  • Photographic evidence if safe to obtain

Do not approach the fly tipper, and never touch the waste as it may be hazardous.

Your waste, your responsibility

One of the ways you can help is by knowing your own responsibilities. The Environmental Protection Act 1990 states that householders (and businesses) must take responsibility for their waste. This means that if you don’t check that your waste is being disposed of by a registered waste carrier, and it goes on to be fly tipped, you could be fined up to £5,000. Avoid being caught out by carrying out these simple checks when using a waste carrier

  • ask to see a copy of the company’s waste carrier registration certificate, and where your waste is being taken. Legitimate firms will be happy to provide this information
  • you can check whether your waste carrier is registered by calling the Environment Agency on 08708 506506 or on line at
  • ask for a registered trading address and telephone number – not just a mobile phone number
  • ensure you have an official receipt and make a note of the registration number of the vehicle taking the waste away, along with the waste carriers licence number
  • do not be tempted by “cash in hand deals” or cold callers and if in doubt, say no and contact the Envirocrime team for advice on 01454 868001.

Ways to dispose of your waste correctly

Prosecutions and legal action

Fly tipping is illegal. Dumping waste is a serious criminal offence. For those who are caught dumping waste you could be fined up to £50,000 (unlimited if the case goes to the Crown Court). You could also face a prison sentence of up to five years. You could also face the same penalties if:

  • you allow someone to fly tip on your land
  • a vehicle registered to you is used to fly tip

For those who are using a waste carrier, you could face penalties of up to £5,000 if you don’t check that the company or person you give waste to:

  • has a licence to carry waste
  • is taking it to a licensed site
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