Keep Britain Tidy defines fly-tipping as the ‘illegal deposit of any waste onto land that does not have a licence to accept it’.
Fly tipping is unsightly, costs tax payer money to clear up and can leach toxic materials into the natural world. The majority of people would never knowingly fly tip, but many incidents of fly tipping are caused by people using unregistered waste carriers to dispose of rubbish.
Classed as an environmental crime, fly tipping is a serious criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates’ Court. The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court. There are also a number of other possible penalties, including fixed penalty notices and having a vehicle seized. Householders can be fined up to £400 if they pass their waste to an unlicensed waste carrier which is subsequently fly-tipped. Find out how to avoid fly tipping by visiting our know what to do with your waste page.
Fly tipping on public land can be cleared by your local council. To report fly tipping incidents, please visit your local council's fly tipping webpage or use the national Fly Tipping reporting tool.