Waste and Recycling
What is fly-tipping?
Most of us dispose of our waste using proper and safe routes, but there are others
who choose to tip their waste in the countryside, or on other people's land. This
is fly-tipping. Fly-tipping is the illegal disposal of waste.
A Summary of the Law Prohibiting Unauthorised or Harmful Deposit, Treatment or Disposal,
etc. of Waste Environmental Protection Act 1990 Part II Waste on Land, Section 33
You've seen the signs - but what do they really mean?
All UK waste is subject to strict controls
Only holders of a Waste Management Licence can recover, transport, deposit or dispose
of waste. (Your household waste is exempt so long as it is within your own premises
or garden with exception to asbestos, mineral oil or clinical waste)
Waste can only be deposited at officially authorised sites.
Anyone fly-tipping waste is committing a serious offence. Fines are up to £40,000
– unlimited if indicated to the High Court, or an offender can be sent to
It is also an offence to permit fly-tipping.
Fly-tipping often involves use of a vehicle. The driver can be prosecuted and so
can the person in control of the vehicle. The police have powers to seize vehicles
used for fly-tipping. (Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 section 6)
What to do
- Put your domestic waste in the bin or bag provided by your local authority. They
will collect the waste free of charge.
- Take your garden or household waste to a civic amenity site; there is no charge
for householders although large loads may be redirected to a nearby waste management
- If you need to dispose of extra or bulky waste contact your Council's waste collection service or use
a licensed waste carrier. Tel 0300 123 0900
- Ask your local authority to collect commercial waste; there will be a charge. Or you
can employ a licensed waste collector. There is a charge for disposing of commercial
waste at Council sites.
- If you see anyone dumping rubbish illegally then call please report it at Dumb Dumpers
Fly-tipping is unsightly, harmful, expensive to clean up and it's illegal. So whether
there's a 'no fly-tipping' sign or not never dump waste anywhere
other than an official site.