31st July 2023
Frequently asked questions - Fly tipping
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:
- 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 including rats and foxes
- 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