What is Fly Tipping?
Flytipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It can vary in scale significantly from a bin bag of rubbish to large quantities of waste dumped from trucks. Fly-tipped waste may be found anywhere, such as roadsides, in lay-bys or on private land.
Flytipping affects us all
• As council tax payers, cleaning up fly tipping costs us all money
• It is dangerous and potentially harmful to you and your family's health
• It spoils our enjoyment of the environment
• It can cause serious pollution to the environment
• It attracts arson and further flytipping
• It can be dangerous for wildlife
Flytipping and Accumulations on Private Land
• If the person responsible for the fly tipping or the owner of the refuse cannot be identified the rubbish becomes the responsibility of the owner(s) of the land.
• Private land includes unadopted alleyways which are the joint responsibility of the owners of all the properties with direct access onto the alleyway.
• If there is an environmental health nuisance, Environmental Health may be in a position to serve statutory notices on the owner(s) of the land or the refuse, if they can be identified.
Flytipping is illegal
Offenders can be:
• Fined up to £50,000 and / or six months imprisonment.
• Fines are unlimited if the case goes to the county court
• and up to two years imprisonment, and up to five years if hazardous waste is dumped
Last Updated: 06/02/2020