Report fly tipping
Fly tipping is when rubbish is illegally dumped on roads or land. It is a serious crime that costs the taxpayer £350,000 a year, and could lead to a fine of up to £50,000 and a prison sentence for those responsible.
See it. Note it. Report it.
If you see someone fly tipping or would like to report an area where an incidence of fly tipping has recently taken place, please report this to us.
Join our Against Fly Tipping campaign
Please help us in our fight against this crime. Fly tipping is an offence that we take very seriously. Around £350,000 of taxpayers' money is spent every year clearing up fly tips in the Chichester District. Fly tipped waste typically consists of household rubbish, large domestic items such as fridges and furniture, garden refuse, building rubble, asbestos waste and tyres. This ruins our beautiful district, is unsightly, poses an environmental risk, and clearing it up is a huge cost to our local taxpayers. We are working hard to tackle the issue, but we need your help.
Your rubbish, your responsibility
One of the most important roles you can play in the fight against fly tipping is to make sure that anyone you employ or ask to remove and dispose of the excess waste from your property is licensed as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency. By law, you are responsible for your
waste. This is known as your 'duty of care', and means that whether you have finished a DIY project; been clearing out unwanted household items; or, have been busy sprucing up your garden, it is down to you to make sure that your waste is disposed of safely and legally.
If someone removes your waste on your behalf, it's vital that you use a licensed waste carrier and ask for a waste transfer note as evidence. If you don't do this, and your waste is fly tipped, you could be held responsible. This could result in a prosecution and you could face a fine.
Check if your waste carrier is licensed
Make sure you're against fly tipping and follow our top tips before asking someone to remove your waste:
- Avoid using a company / individual if they don't have a licence
- Get their waste carrier number from the Environment Agency website
- Ask to see their waste carrier licence
- Insist on them giving you a waste transfer note and receipt
- Note their vehicle registration number
- Speak to them and ask what will happen to your waste
- Thank you for helping us to keep our district beautiful
Take your waste to a registered site
Find your nearest site and its opening times at recycleforwestsussex.org
Use our bulky household waste or garden recycling services
For a small cost, we can collect your large household waste items. We also have a garden recycling scheme, which costs just £1 a week to join.
Donate unwanted items to charity
Many charities, such as the British Heart Foundation, will take furniture.
It is really important that you register as a waste carrier if you:
- transport waste
- buy, sell or dispose of your waste, or
- arrange for someone else to buy, sell or dispose of your waste.
Registering as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency is for the benefit of your business and your customers. Once you've registered with the Environment Agency then your details will appear on the public register of waste carriers, brokers and dealers
As a council we have seen an increase in the amount of waste that is being fly tipped in our beautiful district. Those who are caught dumping waste on public or private land could face an unlimited fine and a prison sentence. In order to support those waste carriers who register with the Environment Agency, we have designed a publicity pack to help them promote that they are licensed. These packs include a logo that can be displayed on the waste carrier's website, a sticker that can be put in a vehicle or in their premises, and text that can be used on a website or in other promotional material. All of this will help customers identify that the business or tradesperson is licensed to legally and safely dispose of their waste.
Help us ensure a litter-free Chichester District by joining our Against Litter campaign.