Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. This could involve a single bin bag up to lorry loads of hazardous waste. Fly-tipping occurs everywhere including country lanes, parks, behind shops, and in lay-bys.
- Cost money to remove, often money that could be spent on other public services
- Be harmful to health
- Pollute the environment
- Lead to other crime, such as arson or more fly-tipping
- Harm wildlife
- Block roads
- Attract pests such as rats and mice
- Where there is evidence, the Council will investigate fly-tipping that occurs anywhere in the District, regardless of whether it is on public or private land.
- However, the Council will not remove fly-tipping from private land. This is the responsibility of the owner or occupier of the land.
- There are circumstances where the Council will require the owner or occupier of the land to remove the fly-tipping.
Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence. The penalties include:
- Imprisonment for up to five years
- An unlimited fine
- Seizure or forfeiture of the vehicle used to commit the offence
- Disqualification from driving
Last Updated: 30/03/2020