Waste and Recycling
The flytipping of controlled waste is a serious criminal offence which carries a fine of up to £50,000 (unlimited if indicted to the Crown Court) or an offender can even be sent to prison. It is important to realise that it is also an offence to permit flytipping.
Flytipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles. In this case the person controlling the use of the vehicle can also be prosecuted, which means that it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable.
The producer of the waste can also be prosecuted if waste is discovered flytipped and no measures have been taken to determine if the waste carrier was licenced. Make sure any person you may pay to remove your waste is a registered waste carrier with the Environment Agency by clicking here.
The Police also have the powers to seize vehicles used for flytipping.
If you discover flytipped waste after the tippers have left, please follow these simple Do's and Dont's:
- Don't touch the waste: flytipped waste can be dangerous - it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances.
- Do visually inspect the waste: try to determine what the waste consists of and how much there is.
- Do take note of its exact location: and also, whether it is in or near water.
- Don't disturb the site: there may be evidence that could help identify the culprits and lead to their prosecution.
If possible, please make a note of:
- The day, date and time you saw the tipping.
- What you saw:
- How many people were flytipping and what they looked like
- What they were actually doing
- Any vehicles involved - their make, colour and registration number
- Where were you when you saw the flytipping:
- What kind of view you had
- How far away you were
- Weather and light conditions
- How much?
- What it looked like