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Fly-tipping and the law

Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence which carries a fine of up to £50,000 (unlimited if the case goes to the Crown Court) or an offender can even be sent to prison.

Fly-tipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles. In this case, the person allowing 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 – has been identified. In addition to this, vehicles involved in fly-tipping can be seized. There are also a number of other possible penalties, including fixed penalty notices.

The Council takes action against people suspected or caught fly-tipping, including:

  • Seizing any vehicle suspected in dumping waste in a way that cause pollution to the environment
  • Prosecution, which can result in a criminal record if found guilty by the courts
  • You could be fined by the Local Authority up to £400
  • You could be made to pay clear up costs

What are we doing about fly-tipping

Catching people dumping rubbish is not always easy but we work closely with the Police, Environment Agency and local partners to share intelligence and techniques. We're also using more sophisticated methods than before to get the evidence that is needed including the use of smart technology deployed in fly-tipping hot spots. However, we really value information about fly-tipping from people living in the communities where it is happening.