Fly-tipping is defined as the ‘illegal deposit of any waste onto land that does not have a licence to accept it’ and is a serious criminal offence for which you can be prosecuted
- According to Keep Britain Tidy "In 2016/17 more than one million incidences of fly-tipping were dealt with by councils in England. The estimated cost of clearing up this waste was over £58 million"
- Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence which can result in imprisonment, substantial fines of up to £50,000 orders to pay costs and an order to deprive rights to a vehicle used to commit the offence
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What is fly tipping?
Fly-tipping is the illegal disposal of household, industrial, commercial or other 'controlled' waste without a waste management licence. The waste can be liquid or solid. Fly-tipping is not the same as littering.
How big is the problem?
- For the 2017/18 year, local authorities in England dealt with just under 1 million (998,000) fly-tipping incidents, a slight decrease of 1% from the 1,011,000 reported in 2016/17, following annual increases since 2013/14.
- Two thirds (66%) of fly-tips involved household waste. Total incidents involving household waste decreased by 4% from 2016/17.
- Local authorities carried out 494,000 enforcement actions in 2017/18, an increase of 18,000 actions (4%) from 2016/17.
Responsibility for fly tipping and powers to require clearance
- Local authorities are responsible for investigating, clearing and taking appropriate enforcement action in relation to small scale fly-tipping on public land.
- In England the Environment Agency is responsible for dealing with larger-scale flytipping (more than a lorry load), hazardous waste and fly-tipping by organised gangs.
- On private land, it is normally the responsibility of the landowner to remove the waste and dispose of it legally
Local authorities and the Environment Agency have legal powers to require landowners to clear fly-tipped waste from their land. They also have powers to enter the land and clear it and may seek reimbursement for costs related to it.
Penalties for fly-tipping
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates' Court. The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court. There are also a number of other possible penalties, including fixed penalty notices and having a vehicle seized.
Source: House Of Commons briefing paper, Fly-Tipping - The Illegal Dumping of Waste 19, June 2019