Before you start
You should contact us 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.
Where we can't remove fly-tipping
We can’t remove fly-tipping from privately owned land. It is the responsibility of the land owner to remove the waste. However details of the fly-tipping can be passed to our enforcement team to investigate.
We can’t remove fly-tipping from Wakefield District Housing (WDH) land. You can report fly-tipping on WDH land to One Call on 0345 8 507 507.
You will need to tell us:
- If you know, how many people are involved and what they look like
- What has been tipped - how much and what it looks like
- If you know, details of any vehicles involved including make, colour and registration number
Your information is confidential and will not be disclosed to a third party.
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What is fly-tipping?
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. We treat 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.
Ways to dispose of your waste correctly
More information about seizing vehicles for suspected waste crime on gov.uk