What is fly tipping

Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish or bulky items on land that is not licensed to receive it. By this we mean land that it is not suitable to dispose of waste on. Fly tipped waste can be found anywhere, such as roadsides, in lay-bys or on private land.

Dumped sofa - an example of flytipping

A wide variety of wastes are fly tipped. These include rubbish, large domestic items, such as fridges and mattresses, garden waste, tyres and clinical waste. Large amounts of waste from construction, demolition and excavation activities are also dumped.

Why is fly tipping illegal?

Fly tipping can be dangerous. Dumping waste can be hazardous to the public; especially when the waste consists of drums of toxic material, asbestos sheeting or syringes. Fly tipping can also pollute surrounding land and waterways, damage wildlife and ecosystems and costs the council tax payer significant amounts of money to clear away.

In the UK, waste is disposed of under laws that impose a duty on producers and transporters of waste to ensure that all waste is disposed of properly. Only holders of a Waste Carriers License can recover, transport, deposit or dispose of waste. Waste can be deposited only at officially authorised sites. Fly tipping is illegal. Anyone caught fly tipping waste is committing a serious offence.