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Fly-tipping

What is fly tipping?

Fly-tipping is the unauthorised disposal of waste or unwanted items on both public and private land. This could be anything from household waste, like a bag of rubbish, garden waste or an old fridge, to commercial waste such as a truckload of builder’s rubble and hazardous waste. The reason for dumping is usually to avoid the cost of proper disposal. Besides being unsightly, anti-social and polluting, fly-tipping can be detrimental to wildlife, and possibly pose a risk to public health.

 

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Is fly-tipping a criminal offence?

Yes, fly-tipping is a crime, and the penalties for fly-tipping will depend on the offence. For small-scale cases, offenders can be given a fixed penalty notice of £400. Larger scale fly-tipping can incur a fine of up to £50,000. Offenders could also be sentenced to 12 months in prison if convicted in a magistrates court. Conviction in a crown court could result in up to five years in prison and an unlimited fine.  Vehicles used for fly-tipping can also be confiscated, and the registered owner of the vehicle can be liable for conviction.

Are you responsible if your waste is fly-tipped by a waste removal company?

Under section 34 of the environmental protection act 1990, it’s the responsibility of the person who produces the waste to make sure that it’s disposed of legally and correctly. Often, illegal waste removal businesses dump waste instead of disposing of it correctly.  If your waste is fly-tipped and is traced back to you, you as the householder would be held responsible, no matter if you fly-tipped it or not.
The householder’s “duty of care” means that you have a legal obligation to make sure your waste is disposed of properly. For this reason, it’s vital that you check that the waste removal company you use is registered and legally disposing of the refuse

How to remove fly-tipped waste from private property

Waste that has been fly-tipped on your private property is your responsibility to remove. Once you have recorded the details of the fly-tipping incident and reported it, it’s recommended that you carry out a risk assessment on the waste before beginning removal, to ensure it is safe to handle. It might be that protective equipment is required or a specialist should be contracted to assist with specific waste, such as hazardous materials. When arranging the removal, ensure that you use a registered waste carrier If the waste you need removing is dangerous in any way, it is essential to use the services of someone licensed to transport and dispose of hazardous materials. Removal should be arranged quickly. Piles of fly-tipped waste often act as an ‘invitation’ for more to be added.

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