Proposal to make rubbish owners liable for fly-tipping

02/07/2019, PR-9108

An example of fly-tipping

Senior councillors are being asked to agree a proposal to introduce Penalty Notices for householders who are found to have given waste to opportunists knocking at their door who will then illegally dump rubbish in the district - often in beauty spots.

The measure is intended to crack down on the illegal dumping of household waste, which has been found to cost the UK economy around £600million every year, according to the Environment Agency.

The £250 fine would be issued as a duty of care offence and is hoped it will encourage householders to check that those taking away their waste have the correct permits to do so.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: "Fly-tipping is a serious, criminal offence that costs councils vast amounts of money to clean-up.

"There are many options for people to legally and safely dispose of their waste and we want to encourage people not to fall victim to illegal waste carriers. This should then, in turn, prevent those illegally dumping waste from having the opportunity to do so."

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

The Penalty Notice of £250 will reduce to £150 for early payment.

The report will be discussed at Cabinet on 9 July from 10.30am at Wakefield Town Hall. You can watch the meeting live or later at

Residents can dispose of their waste legally by taking it to one of the Council's household waste recycling centres, taking it to a charity, booking a bulky waste collection on the Council's website or by using a registered waste carrier – check by visiting the Environment Agency website or call 0870 8 506 506.

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