Flytipping is the removal of waste from premises with the deliberate aim of dumping it unlawfully on any land. The offence of flytipping is enforceable by both the Environment Agency and local authorities, and penalties include an unlimited fine and a prison sentence.
Everyone who produces waste has a legal duty of care to ensure it is disposed of properly. So a person or business may be guilty of an offence if their waste is found to have been dumped, even if the dumping was carried out by someone else. If you employ someone to take your waste away, always check they have a proper waste disposal permit and take their name, address and vehicle details. Failing to do so could result in you being prosecuted if your waste is flytipped.
The registered keeper of a vehicle could also be prosecuted if their vehicle is used during a flytipping offence.
Follow the SCRAP code
We provide a very reasonable bulky waste collection service.
However, if you choose to arrange for waste to be removed from your house by someone else, always follow the SCRAP code:
Suspect - beware of rogue waste carriers - reputable companies do not usually make direct approaches. If you're in any doubt they aren't a legitimate waste carrier, don't let them take your waste.
Check - ask for waste carrier registration details and check them online or call 037808 506506. Make a note of the registration number of the vehicle used to take your waste away.
Refuse - don't accept unsolicited offers to take your waste away. Always do your research and choose wisely.
Ask questions - always ask what's going to happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately. A legitimate waste carrier should not object to being asked reasonable questions.
Paperwork - make sure you get a proper receipt containing written information about your waste. This should include the company or tradesman's details, what has been removed, where it will be going.
Ten top tips to combat flytipping
- ask your builder or waste carrier for their permit
- check out their company registration on the EA website
- look online at what a permit looks like
- ask for a Waste Transfer note
- photograph the material they take and the vehicle they use
- ensure you know their name, business address and contact details
- if you see someone shady 'helping' your neighbour, do something
- protect your own property from tippers
- report tipping when you see it
- report suspicious or illegal activity