Fly-tipping is the common term used to describe waste being illegally dumped instead of being disposed of properly at a landfill site or tip. Common types of fly-tipped waste are:-
- Household waste
- Large domestic items such as fridges and mattresses
- Garden waste
- Commercial waste such as builders rubble, tyres and clinical waste
Why is fly-tipping a problem?
Local authorities in England dealt with over 700,00 incidents of flytipping in 2012/13, costing taxpayers over £36 million to remove.
- Illegal - and clearing it up costs taxpayers' money
- Unsightly - flytipping is a sign of a neglected neighbourhood and is associated with increased levels of crime and fear of crime. It also discourages investment and new businesses from moving into the area.
- Unsafe - dumped waste can consist of dangerous items such as syringes, asbestos and toxic waste. It can also attract rats, flies and other disease carrying pests
It is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to flytip any material, it carries a fine upon conviction of up to £50,000 or one year imprisonment.
Fly-tipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles. In this case, the person controlling the use of the vehicle, normally the registered keeper, can also be prosecuted. This means that it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable
Don't put up with dumped rubbish - report it! You can report flytipping online using the form below or call us on 0116 272 7555.
Reporting people who flytip
Flytippers are doing something illegal, they don't want to get caught.
- Do not approach them.
- Do not go near the rubbish until you are sure it is safe.
- Do not touch anything.
If you spot someone flytipping, make a note of the following and contact us with details of:-
- the date, time and place where it happened
- what the waste looks like and how much there is
- a description of any vehicles involved and vehicle registration numbers if possible
- a description of the person dumping the waste: height, age, male/female
What we will do
We will visit the scene to establish the quantity of rubbish and if it is our responsibility, we will remove it. We will also look for evidence, with a view to prosecuting offenders. If the rubbish is deposited on private property it is the responsibility of the landowner to remove it. We will normally remove fly-tipped rubbish within 24 hours, although large quantities or problematic refuse like contaminated rubbish may require specialist removal.
If the rubbish has been dumped on public or council owned land we'll make sure the rubbish is removed and the crime is investigated by our enforcement officers. We're not able to remove rubbish from private land, but may be able to provide help dealing with landlords who do not clear up rubbish on their land.
Duty of Care
Duty of Care is where a householder fails to check that someone they pay to remove waste from their property is a licensed waste carrier.
It applies to everyone involved in handling the waste from the person who produces it to the person who finally disposes of or recovers it.
Duty of Care is one of the main ways to combat flytipping.
If you are asking a third party to dispose of waste on your behalf you should ensure they are a Registered Waste Carrier. it is your responsibility to check this and ask to view their certificate. Always get a receipt confirming what they have taken and where they have disposed of it and details of any payment made (details of registered waste carriers can be found on the Environment Agency website.
If any waste is traced back to the household where it came from the householder could be fined.
Householders are encouraged to think carefully about who they give their waste to, and not to simply choose the cheapest option. This Council can take action against any householder who has not taken reasonable measures to ensure their waste is passed on to an authorised person.