The fly tipping of controlled waste is a serious criminal offence, which carries a fine of up to £20,000 (unlimited if indicted to the Crown Court), or an offender can even be sent to prison. It is important to realise that it is also an offence to permit fly tipping.
Fly tipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles. In this case the person controlling the use of 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.
Once waste has been illegally dumped it often attracts further tipping, thus adding to an environmental problem that is not only unsightly but can also be harmful.
Unless the person responsible for illegally dumping the waste can be traced, the cost of clearing up fly-tips is borne by the council taxpayer.
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 states that every one must, by law, take reasonable steps to ensure that controlled waste is disposed of properly, either by themselves or their contractor.
If you discover fly tipped waste after the tippers have left, please follow these simple Do’s and Don’ts:
- DO NOT TOUCH THE WASTE: fly tipped waste can be dangerous – it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances.
- VISUALLY INSPECT THE WASTE: try to determine what the waste consists of and how much there is.
- TAKE NOTE OF ITS EXACT LOCATION: and also, whether it is in or near water.
- DO NOT DISTURB THE SITE: there may be evidence that could help identify the culprits and lead to their prosecution.
- CONTACT CORBY BOROUGH COUNCIL on our helpline 01536 464242 or complete an on-line Fly Tipping Report Form
IF YOU SEE SOMEONE FLY TIPPING: if possible, please make a note of:
- The day, date and time you saw the tipping.
- What you saw:
- How many people were fly tipping and what they looked like
- What they were actually doing
- Any vehicles involved – their make, colour and registration number
- Where were you when you saw the fly tipping:
- What kind of view you had
- How far away you were
- Weather and light conditions
- What was tipped:
- How much?
- What it looked like
REMEMBER – DON’T PUT YOURSELF AT RISK!
How can you help?
- Ensure your rubbish is disposed of legally
- If you pay a trades person ensure they are an authorised waste carrier
What if you pay a trades person to dispose of your rubbish?
If you employ someone to undertake work in your home or garden and they remove any of your waste, ask if they are an authorised waste carrier, registered with the Environment Agency. Ask to see their purple coloured A4 sized certificate or green and white credit card certification and if in any doubt telephone the Environment Agency on 01522 785901 with the name of the company to double check.
Are you a business? The Duty of Care:
If you are a business or industry, the Duty of Care applies to you. Commercial, industrial, household wastes and Special Wastes are classified as 'controlled waste.' The Duty of Care applies to all 'Controlled Waste' – this means that waste materials produced as part of your business or within your workplace are regulated by law and are subject to the Duty of Care.