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Fly-tipping

Fly-tipping

Report fly-tipping

Any items left in the street, including black bags of rubbish, is fly-tipping.

Report fly-tipping

 

 

What to do if you witness someone fly-tipping

Should you witness fly tipping, do not put yourself in any danger. 

Take note of what you see and report it to us so we can investigate it further.

Fly-tipping is a criminal offence

Fly-tipping is a criminal offence, under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and The Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005.

The maximum fine for fly tipping is £50,000 in a magistrates court and unlimited in the higher courts and up to 5 years imprisonment.

We, and the Environment Agency, will investigate fly-tipping on public land. We will gather evidence and, where possible, prosecute the individuals or businesses involved. 

Fines and convictions for fly-tipping

As a householder, you can be issued with a £300 fine for failure of duty or prosecuted if your waste is found fly-tipped and traced back to your address.

If you don't comply you could be fined £50,000 on conviction in a magistrate’s court, or face an unlimited fine if convicted in a crown court.

Fly-tipping enforcement in Wokingham Borough

Every householder, business and landowner is responsible for the proper removal of waste from their property. This includes waste removed by any trader or contractor on your behalf. If you're having work done in your home, office or garden you should budget for responsible waste disposal, and check that your contractor is a registered waste carrier and will dispose of the waste properly.

There can also be offences committed by others before the fly-tip, such as permitting the fly-tip or causing the fly-tip, and the sanctions are the same as actually doing the fly-tipping. And if a vehicle is involved, there are offences relating to the controller of the vehicle.

  • Anyone giving permission for fly-tipping to occur on land they control will be open to investigation and prosecution
  • Anyone giving waste to another person for disposal without checking (a) whether that person is authorised to carry waste and (b) where the waste is going and the waste is subsequently fly-tipped, will be open to investigation and prosecution for causing the fly-tipping

Fly-tipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles. In this case the person controlling the use of the vehicle, normally the registered keeper, can also be prosecuted. This means that it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable

Our enforcement officers are visiting premises to check Commercial Waste Contract and Duty of Care Agreements. The fixed penalty for not having valid documentation for your commercial waste is £300.

Vehicle seizures and fly-tipping

Reports of vehicles used for fly-tipping are investigated by our enforcement officers. We aim to trace and prosecute the registered owner of all vehicles involved in this act. 

The police and our environmental enforcement officers have the power to seize, impound and crush any vehicle used for fly-tipping. Both the driver and the owner of the vehicle can be prosecuted for the offence.

News and enforcement cases

Read the news articles below:

What is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste.

Any type of waste can be fly-tipped but it most commonly involves:

  • Furniture
  • Black bags of rubbish
  • Hedge / tree prunings
  • White goods (fridges / freezers)
  • DIY and construction waste

Why is fly-tipping a problem?

  • It’s a crime
  • It can pollute watercourses and land
  • It can be dangerous to animals and fish
  • It attracts vermin
  • It looks unsightly
  • It attracts other rubbish
  • It undermines legitimate businesses.
  • It's expensive to clear up
         

Who deals with fly-tipping?

  • Public land - Wokingham Borough Council is responsible for clearing and investigating fly tipping on public land such our roads and parks
  • Private land - If fly tipping occurs on private land it is the responsibility of the landowner to remove it
  • Large-scale fly-tips (hazardous waste and organised waste crime gangs) - The Environment Agency investigates larger scale fly tips

You are responsible for your waste

If you are a householder you must ensure that all your household waste is properly disposed of. This applies to all domestic properties, caravans and residential homes.

Advice

To ensure the safe removal of your waste you can:

You are responsible for your waste removal contractor

As a householder you must take reasonable steps to check that anyone you use to remove waste from your property is authorised to do so. 


Ask any waste carrier to:

  • Provide you with their full address and telephone number
  • Show you their waste carrier licence - if they don't have one, don't use them
  • Tell you where your waste will be taken to - it must be a licensed waste disposal site
          

Advice for businesses

All businesses have a legal duty to dispose of their waste properly. Read our Business / commercial waste page for tips on waste collection.

Dumped supermarket trolleys are the responsibility of the relevant supermarket. If you find an abandoned trolley please report this to the appropriate supermarket for collection

 

Advice for landowners 

If you are responsible for land or are a private landowner, you should ensure that your land is as secure as is practically possible.  

Fly-tipping strategy

Wokingham Borough Council fly-tipping strategy 2020 (PDF document)
 

Do you know who's taking your waste away?

Every householder, business and landowner is responsible for the proper removal of waste from their property. This includes waste removed by any trader or contractor on your behalf. 

If you're having work done in your home, office or garden you should budget for responsible waste disposal, and check that your contractor is a registered waste carrier and will dispose of the waste properly.

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste on land not licensed to receive it. It can range from a black bag of household rubbish to multiple lorry loads of building waste. If you (or your waste carrier) are caught fly-tipping, you can be fined £300.

If you’re looking to have waste removed, a legitimate waste carrier will always:

  • Be registered with the Environment Agency
  • Have a waste carrier licence which can be verified on the Environment Agency website
  • Provide a waste transfer note for removal of any waste on request (e.g. following building or garden work)
  • Provide details of the site license where the waste is to be disposed
  • Be able to provide proof of where it was taken in the form of an official weight ticket which will identify the disposal site
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