Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish or bulky items on land not licensed to receive it. Fly-tipping can be dangerous, pollutes land and waterways and costs the council tax payer significant amounts of money to clear away.
Dumping household, industrial and commercial waste illegally is a serious criminal offence that carries a fine of up to £20,000 (unlimited if the case goes to the Crown Court) or an offender can even be sent to prison. It is also an offence to permit fly-tipping.
Fly-tipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles; in this case the person who owns the vehicle can also be prosecuted, which means that it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable. The police also have the powers to seize vehicles used for fly-tipping.
Where waste is fly tipped on private land it is the responsibility of the land owner to arrange its collection and disposal.
It is an offence to drop litter, spray graffiti, fly post and allow dogs to foul. A £75 fixed penalty notice can be issued for these offences. This includes things that many people think are insignificant, like dropping cigarette ends and apple cores. The maximum fine for littering is £2,500.
We are working with businesses to encourage a responsible attitude to preventing littering, and where necessary, imposing requirements on businesses to make sure their premises and surrounding areas are kept free of rubbish.
If it's happening now contact the police on 101, otherwise report to the council using the appropriate link for your area and we will assist them with their investigation.