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Could you be fly-tipping? Information for landowners:
Check / find a licensed waste carrier What to do if someone fly-tips on your land
I've found a fly-tip what do I do?  
I've just seen someone fly-tip what should I do?  

Click here to download a copy of the 'Let's S.C.R.A.P. fly-tipping information leaflet.

Could YOU be fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of items image

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.

I've found a fly-tip what do I do? 

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 0300 126 3000 or complete an on-line Fly-Tipping Report Form

I've just seen someone fly-tip what should I do?

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


How can you help?

  • Ensure your rubbish is disposed of legally
  • If you pay a trades person ensure they are an authorised waste carrier 

Check / find a licensed 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. 

For more information about Duty of Care - visit the Environment Agency website 

Download a copy of - Working together to S.C.R.A.P. fly-tipping information leaflet.

Report a fly-tip

Report an incident of fly tipping using online form (opens in new window)

Last updated: Thursday 3rd February 2022 12:19:16 PM
Review date: Sunday 29th January 2023 12:18:05 PM