Flytipping: know the facts
What is flytipping?
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 £50,000 (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. Wakefield Council treats this problem very seriously and will usually prosecute anyone caught fly-tipping waste.
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.
Report fly-tipping to your council
You should contact Wakefield Council if you see someone fly-tipping or to report fly-tipped waste; in both cases, provide as much detail as possible. Don't try and tackle the fly tipper yourself. If you see someone fly tipping, try to take note of:
- How many people are involved and what they look like
- What has been tipped - how much and what it looks like
- Details of any vehicles involved including make, colour and registration number if possible
Your waste, your responsibility
One of the ways you can help is by knowing your own responsibilities.
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 states that householders (and businesses) must take responsibility for their waste; this is known as Duty of Care.
This means that if you don’t check that your waste is being disposed of by a registered waste carrier, and it goes on to be fly-tipped, you could be fined up to £5000.
Ways to dispose of your waste correctly
- Take your waste to one of the Council’s household waste recycling centres or bring sites.
- Book the Council’s bulky waste collections service by calling
0845 8 506 506 or making a request online.
- Use a registered waste carrier to dispose of your waste - check by visiting www.environment-agency.gov.uk/publicregister or call 0870 8 506 506