Fly-tipping responsibilities, fines and how to stop it
Your waste, your responsibility (and that's not a load of rubbish)
It is a criminal offence to fly tip. There are various levels of penalties for fly-tipping, and the maximum penalty includes a fine of up to £50,000 and / or 12 months imprisonment.
Conviction in a Crown Court may result in an unlimited fine and / or five years imprisonment.
Here are our top tips on how to stay on the right side of the law:
- ask to see the company or person's Waste Carriers' Licence. This will be issued by the Environment Agency and display their logo and will show the licence holder’s details (if you are in any doubt about this being legitimate, you can call the Environment Agency on 08708 506 506 or email email@example.com
- you can also check if they are a licensed carrier on the Environment Agency’s website (link opens in new window)
- keep a note of any vehicle registration numbers, names and contact details
- provide a full description of the waste for the carrier, giving details of any unusual characteristics which could affect how they plan to handle or dispose of it
- find out where the waste is going and check that the recipient can accept it. If you are in any doubt, check that your waste did get there
- keep all paperwork for at least two years
Help us clamp down on fly-tipping
We need your help to keep our countryside beautiful. Fly-tipping is a blight on this beauty, is a criminal offence and we want to stop it.
In the first instance, please carry out the due diligence above and don't recruit a fly-tipper in the first place. Remember, you could be prosecuted and face a hefty fine.
How to dispose of your waste yourself
You take take your waste to your nearest tidy tip, but if you've got something too big to take in your car (like a TV, washing machine or wardrobe), you can find out about our chargeable bulky waste collection service.