Waste and Recycling


Flytipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It varies from a bin bag of rubbish to a large amount of waste dumped from a truck. The Council treats this problem very seriously and will prosecute anyone caught flytipping waste.

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 you see someone flytipping:
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
What was dumped:
  • How much?
  • What it looked like
Remember - Don't Put Yourself At Risk!
Who cleans up the fly tip?
It is the responsibility of the owner of the land where the fly tip has occurred to arrange for collection and disposal of the waste.
Further Information
The National Fly Tipping Prevention Group have produced a website and guide which provide detailed information about fly tipping.
Reporting a fly tip
Richmondshire District Council and the Environment Agency both have powers to investigate fly tipping. In general the Environment Agency investigate larger incidents of fly tipping, organised gangs of fly tippers, and hazardous waste. The Council deals with smaller fly tips.
To report a fly tip on council land or the highway please contact us on 01748 829100 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
For large or hazardous fly tips contact the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60

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Richmondshire District Council
Mercury House
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North Yorkshire
DL10 4JX

Phone: 01748 829100
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