Fly Tipping on Public Land and Highways
What is Fly Tipping? It is "the illegal deposit of any waste onto land ie. waste dumped or tipped on a site with no licence to accept waste".
Waste includes: general household waste; larger domestic items including fridges and mattresses; garden refuse; commercial waste such as builders' rubble, clinical waste and tyres. Such waste can occur in any quantities in any mixture in any location. Accordingly fly tipping incidents need to be treated on a case-by-case basis.
We are responsible for the removal of fly tipping from public land and public highways, including verges, footpaths and bridleways, but not private land (see below).
Alternatively, please call Client Services on 01386 565018.
If the waste blocks the road or presents an immediate hazard to traffic report it to the County Council Highways Department on 01905 765765.
Fly Tipping on Private Land
Report Fly Tipping
Fly tipping is a criminal act. People caught illegally dumping waste can be fined up to £50,000 or face five years in prison.
We will investigate all incidents of fly tipping and prosecute offenders where sufficient evidence is available.
If you see someone fly tipping write down as many relevant details as possible:
- A description of the people fly tipping
- Full description of any vehicle involved, especially the registration
- What was fly tipped
- What kind of view you had and whether anyone else was with you
- Do not approach the fly tipper
- Do not place yourself in danger
Reported fly tipping would normally be cleared within 24 hours - Monday to Friday. It may take longer if reported over the weekend or if further investigation is required.
Register as a waste carrier, broker or dealer
You must register if you do any of these things as part of your business:
- transport waste
- buy, sell or dispose of waste
- arrange for someone else to buy, sell or dispose of waste
You can register for a waste carrier licence at GOV.UK.
Check if a business or individual has a waste carrier licence
For further information
Fax: 01386 561634