Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. Classed as an environmental crime, it 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.
To report fly tipping incidents, please visit your local council's fly tipping webpage or use the national Fly Tipping reporting tool at www.gov.uk/report-flytipping