Report fly tipping

Report fly tipping

If you see some one fly tipping or would like to report an area where fly tipping has taken place, you should make a note of the following:

  • the date, time and place of the occurrence
  • what the waste looks like and how much there is
  • a description of  any vehicles involved, including the vehicles registration numbers
  • a description of any persons involved in the offence.

You should then report the incident to the council or the Environment Agency .


The council or the Environment Agency may wish to prosecute the person responsible and will be keen to use your evidence in court. Even if you do not wish to be a witness, or give your name, it is still important to report these crimes, as this will be useful in a prosecution.

Fly tippers are doing something illegal so they do not want to be caught. Some fly tippers may become violent so you should not approach them.

Only approach the site when you are sure that it is safe to do so.

Some waste is hazardous so do not touch anything. Always assess the waste from a distance, do not approach it and certainly do not open any bags or containers.

What is fly tipping?

Generally speaking fly tipping is the illegal deposit of any waste onto land or highway that is not licensed to accept waste.

Fly tipped waste generally consists of household waste, large domestic items i.e. fridges and furniture etc., garden refuse, commercial waste, such as builders rubble and soil, clinical waste and tyres.

Why is fly tipping a problem?

Fly tipping is illegal. UK waste comes under controls that impose a duty to ensure that any waste is disposed of properly. Only holders of a Waste Management Licence can recover, transport, deposit or dispose of waste. Waste can only be deposited at officially authorised sites. Anyone fly-tipping is committing a serious offence.

Fly tipping is a problem because:

  • It may cause serious pollution to watercourses and the environment in general.
  • It may harm wildlife and farm animals.
  •  It is unsightly, de-values property and can be a risk to humans.
  • It spoils our quality of life and enjoyment of the environment.
  • Clearing it up costs landowners and the taxpayer around £100 million every year.

Why do people fly tip?

Most fly tipping offences are committed to avoid paying a charge (landfill tax). This needs to be paid in order for waste to be disposed of properly. For household rubbish, landfill tax is included in your council tax bill; for business waste you must have a contract with a registered waste carrier. If you are disposing of business waste yourself at a tip, the tip must be licensed to take commercial waste, and you will have to pay a 'gate fee'.

How should you dispose of your bulky waste?

The council is not obliged to remove any bulky household waste items such as fridges and sofas etc. A special collection for such items can be arranged by telephoning the Council Contract Services, for which there is a charge. Alternatively you can take it yourself to your local civic amenity site.

If you employ someone else to remove and dispose of any waste on your behalf, you should:

  • Ask if the person collecting your waste is registered as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency.
  • Ask where your waste is being taken; the site should be licensed by the Environment Agency.
  • Is it too cheap to be true? If someone offers you a price much lower than anyone else you need to ask why.
  • Ask the person collecting your waste for a signed receipt with their carrier registration number on it and, if possible, get the vehicle registration number.
  • If you have any concerns, don't hand over your waste.

Remember that if your waste is dumped illegally, you could be prosecuted for it, even if it was someone else who dumped it.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your waste is being disposed of legally.

What should you do with your garden waste?

Garden waste is treated in the same way as bulky waste. It must not be placed in your domestic waste bin.

Remember:

  • Fly tipping is illegal, it costs the taxpayer and landowners £100 million a year.
  • Do not fly tip, take your rubbish to your local amenity tip.
  • Take details and report any fly tipping you see.
  • Make sure that anyone you employ to dispose of your waste is a licensed carrier.
  • Even if your rubbish is fly tipped by someone else, you could still be prosecuted for the offence.