Fines and responsibilities

Fly-tipping of controlled waste is a serious criminal offence, which carries a fine of up to £20,000 (unlimited if indicted to the Crown Court), offenders can even be sent to prison. It is important to realise that it's also an offence to knowingly allow your waste to be fly-tipped.

Fly-tipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles. In this case the person controlling the use of the vehicle can be prosecuted, which means that it's possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable.

If you are employing a tradesman to work on your home, it is your responsibility to make sure that they (or the skip company) are Registered Waste Carriers. A searchable register of waste carriers and dealers is available on the Environment Agency website (link opens in new window). The tradesman should give you a waste transfer note for your waste which details what the waste is and where and when it is removed from your premises. You must keep this transfer note for 2 years.

For more information on bulky waste collections (link opens in new window).

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