What is Fly-Tipping?
Quite simply, fly-tipping is 'the illegal deposit of any waste onto land, i.e. waste dumped on a site with no license to accept waste'. Rubbish that has been fly-tipped tends to consist of large, bulky waste items that are dumped illegally instead of being disposed of properly at a licensed regulated landfill.
It is law that all waste in the UK is disposed of correctly. Only companies or individuals that hold a Waste Management License can recover, transport, deposit or dispose of waste. The waste must then be deposited at an official authorised site.
Fly-tipping waste is committing a serious offence because:
- Uncontrolled disposal of waste is hazardous to the general public, in particular when the rubbish contains items such as syringes, asbestos or containers of toxic materials.
- Damage to the environment. Such as damage to watercourses, and underlying soil quality.
- Fly-tipping can affect your whole neigbourhood. Piles of waste and rubbish looks unsightly and can harm investment into your area.
- It costs us all money. Cleaning up fly-tipping is expensive and wastes lot's of the taxpayers money.
Why do people fly-tip?
All household waste is already paid for by your council tax payments, but commercial waste is not. Unfortunately people fly-tip to avoid paying landfill tax as removing or disposing of non-household waste carries a charge, that varies depending on what the waste contains, and how much there is.
What's the punishment for fly-tipping?
- The person responsible for dumping the waste can get six months imprisonment and/or a fine of up to £20,000. Fines are unlimited if the case goes to the Crown Court or up to 2 years' imprisonment, and up to 5 years if hazardous waste is dumped.
- It an offence to permit or authorise fly-tipping on land where a Waste Management License is not held.
- If you are the driver of a vehicle that is involved in fly-tipping you can also be prosecuted, as well as the vehicles owner.
- Any vehicle used for fly-tipping can be seized by the police.
- Did you know that from November 2005 - the householder can now be fined up to £5000 for using a company that later dumps their waste?
To report fly-tipping make a note of:
- the date, time and place that the tipping occurred.
- a description of what the waste looks like and how much there is.
- a description of the vehicles (if any) involved including their registration numbers.
How can I be sure that I use a responsible company to remove my waste?
Simply call Value Skip Hire for free help and advice. We provide both a low cost and responsible skip hire service, which only deals with fully licensed skip hire operators that can prove they dispose of your waste in an environmentally-friendly way.