What is fly tipping?
Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish or bulky items on
land that is not licensed to receive it. By this we mean land that
it is not suitable to dispose of waste on. Fly-tipped waste can be
found anywhere, such as roadsides, in lay-bys or on private
A wide variety of wastes are fly-tipped. These include rubbish,
large domestic items, such as fridges and mattresses, garden waste,
tyres and clinical waste. Large amounts of waste from construction,
demolition and excavation activities are also dumped.
Why is fly tipping illegal?
Fly-tipping can be dangerous. Dumping waste can be hazardous to
the public; especially when the waste consists of drums of toxic
material, asbestos sheeting or syringes. Fly tipping can also
pollute surrounding land and waterways, damage wildlife and
ecosystems and costs the council tax payer significant amounts of
money to clear away.
In the UK, waste is disposed of under laws that impose a duty on
producers and transporters of waste to ensure that all waste is
disposed of properly. Only holders of a Waste Carriers License can
recover, transport, deposit or dispose of waste. Waste can be
deposited only at officially authorised sites. Fly-tipping is
illegal. Anyone caught fly-tipping waste is committing a serious
Why do people fly tip?
Most people fly-tip to avoid paying the disposal fee called the
landfill tax. Household rubbish is already paid for through council
tax, but other waste is not, and a charge is generally made to have
this waste collected or to drop the waste off at a licensed site
What is the law regarding fly-tipping?
There are several pieces of legislation relating to fly-tipping.
In England, Wales and Scotland, the main legislation is the
Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA 1990), Sections 33, 34 and
59. However, the recent Clean Neighbourhoods Act 2005 also makes
some extra provision for tackling fly tipping.
The following punishments can apply:
Fly-tipping fines are up to £50,000 and/or 12 months'
imprisonment in a Magistrates Court. If the case goes to the Crown
Court fines are unlimited and a sentence of up to 5 years in prison
can be awarded if hazardous waste is dumped.
The person found guilty of fly tipping is now liable for the
costs incurred by the Council in investigating and clearing up the
It is an offence to permit or authorise fly-tipping on land
where a Waste Management License is not held. Where fly-tipping
involves the use of a vehicle, the driver can be prosecuted, as can
the owner of the vehicle. The police and courts have powers to
seize vehicles used for fly-tipping and either sell or dispose of
It is the policy of the Council to seek to prosecute for each
offence of fly tipping (where evidence can be found) reported to
us. Think before you take the risk!
REMEMBER: There are no excuses!
If you have any bulky waste such Fridges, Freezers, Tables,
Chairs, Televisions etc, the Council do provide a Collection
You can also take bulky waste items to your local Household
Waste Recycling Centre at Taylor Lane, Loscoe.
What to do if you witness somebody fly tipping?
If you see someone fly-tipping make a note of:
- The date, time and place
- How many people are involved and what they look like
- What has been tipped - how much and what it looks like
- The details of any vehicles involved including make, colour and
registration number if possible.
NEVER approach anyone you see fly tipping - they
could become violent
If you have a question about fly tipping please call us on
How to report a case of fly tipping?
Please call the helpline on 01773 841335 or
The following information is required:
- The date, time and place that you saw the fly tip (any extra
information you can give us about the location will help us to
investigate and remove the fly tip more quickly).
- What items have been fly tipped and how much of it there
- Your contact details (in case our Officers have trouble
locating the fly tip).
- NEVER touch the waste - it may contain
syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other
- NEVER disturb the site - there may be evidence
that could help identify the fly-tippers and lead to their
You can also report an incident of fly-tipping using our
online submission form below below. Please note, we do
request that you include your name and telphone number in your
submission, however these details will not be passed on to any
other person, they will only be used to contact you if we require
further information on the details you have reported. Thank