“With Tips and Waste Management Sites remaining having been closed during lockdown, instances of fly tipping have seen a 300% increase.”
Fly tipping is a criminal offence, it is punishable of a fine up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates’ Court. If convicted in a Crown Court the offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to 5 years in prison
There is a huge cost to dealing with this sort of crime and as huge advocates of ethical waste disposal Skipsearch have produced a useful guide to flytipping available online to help combat and report Fly tipping.
- If you witness a fly tipping incident, try to take down as much information as possible. For example, the colour and make of the vehicle and the registration number where possible. Take a note of the time and date, as well as the location of where you have witnessed the incident. When reporting waste, it is important to try to give as much detail as possible.
- Fly tipping should be reported directly to Local authorities, Local authorities are responsible for investigating incidences on ‘relevant’ land (land under their control and is publicly accessible). They must assess whether the incident will cause harm to people, animals or the environment.
Report fly tipping online here