Let's SCRAP fly-tipping
Dispose of your items properly to avoid prosecution or an unlimited fine
On this page, you will find:
If you leave items:
- beside street bins and recycling banks
- on the floor of communal bin areas
- outside closed recycling centres and charity shops
This is fly-tipping.
Everyone has a legal 'duty of care' to ensure their household or business waste is disposed of correctly.
You can be prosecuted even if your waste is fly-tipped by someone else on your behalf.
If it is your waste, it is your responsibility.
Always use a registered waste carrier to provide a skip and / or to collect your rubbish.
Always ask questions about how your waste collector will dispose of your waste.
Find a registered waste carrier in your area on the Environment Agency's website.
Follow the S.C.R.A.P. code:
Suspect all waste carriers. Do not let them take your rubbish until they provide proof of registration. Note their vehicle's registration plate.
Check that a waste carrier is registered on the Environment Agency's website.
Refuse any unexpected offers to have your rubbish taken away.
Ask how your rubbish will be disposed of and seek evidence of this.
Paperwork must be obtained: a proper invoice, waste transfer note or receipt, including a description of the waste being removed and the waste carrier's contact details.
Every business that produces waste in the UK has a legal 'duty of care' to:
- manage it properly until it is recycled or disposed of
- always use a registered waste carrier or register to carry your own waste
- keep the correct paperwork for at least two years
A lack of understanding will not protect you in court.
Fly-tipping is illegal. If you witness someone fly-tipping, call the police on 999 and report it as a crime in progress. All instances of fly-tipping should be reported to your local district / city council, whether you witnessed the fly-tipping take place or not.
When you report the fly-tipping, please include as many details as possible, such as:
- Exact location
- Date and time you discovered the fly-tipping
- Details and photos of the items
- Vehicle's registration number and other identifying features such as colour and model
- Description of the fly-tipper(s) and the direction they were travelling
Do not put yourself at risk. If you witness fly-tipping in progress, keep yourself safe by staying out of the way and do not confront the perpetrator(s). Do not touch the waste as it might be contaminated or dangerous.
After reporting the fly-tipping as detailed above, please try to secure it with a temporary fence so the evidence is not disturbed.
As a land owner, it is your responsibility to ensure the fly-tipped waste is legally disposed of, including any costs. If the fly-tippers are prosecuted, you may be refunded your clean-up costs.