As we all can see in the news there is always reports of fly tipping on a daily basis, it is disgusting and it causes problems to human welfare, wildlife and damaging to the wildlife. The motivation of fly tipping by the culprits is greed, it is either for financial gain or financial saving of money. Between April 2016 and March 2017, there was over 1,000,000 events of fly-tipping which were found by councils across England according to the Department of Environment. This cost tax payers £58 million to clean up this unnecessary mess.
Did you know fly tipping affects two thirds of farmers with an increase of over 8% across the 2018/2019 period. Farmers are now being forced to protect their land by digging moats and placing concrete blocks in places to stop entry to their own land to protect themselves from becoming a victim from gangs that fly tip on an industrial scale. If they do fall victim then by law due to it being private land they have to clean up the mess and pay for it themselves.
As of Monday 9th May 2016 stricter laws have came into action, Local authorities have been given the authority to give fixed penalty notices starting from £150 and can go up to £400 to those caught fly tipping, It Is also your responsibility to make sure the waste you are disposing of is only passed on to a registered waste carrier. If you don’t, you could get a fine of up to £5,000. Depending on what council you get caught fly tipping in you could also face a fine of up to £50,000, up to five years in prison, or both.
If you’re looking to have waste removed from your property or business, a legitimate waste carrier will always:
- Be registered with the Environment Agency.
- Have a waste carrier licence which can be verified on environment agency website.
- Provide a waste transfer note for removal of any waste on request (for example: following building or garden work).
- Provide details of the site license where the waste is to be disposed.
- Be able to provide proof of where it was taken in the form of an official weight ticket which will identify the disposal site.
Always follow the SCRAP code:
Suspect all waste carriers. Don’t let them take your rubbish until they provide proof of registration. Note their vehicle’s registration plate.
Check that a waste carrier is registered on the environment agency website or call them on 08708 506 506.
Refuse any unexpected offers to have your rubbish taken away.
Ask how your rubbish will be disposed of – seek evidence of this.
Paperwork must be obtained: a proper invoice, waste transfer note or receipt, including a description of the waste being removed and the waste carrier’s contact details.
What to do if it happens to you:
Do not approach the offenders, but note down how many people are involved, their descriptions and information about any vehicles being used, including the makes, colours, and registration numbers. If it is safe, take photographs.
Farmers can also use the NFU’s Rural Crime Reporting Line, in partnership with Crime stoppers, to provide information about fly-tipping by calling 0800 783 0137 or visiting the dedicated website.
The national fly tipping prevention group (NFTPG) recommends the following steps if you find waste dumped on your land.
- Exercise caution. Some fly-tipped waste can be hazardous. Do not open bags or drums and be aware that piles of soil may be contaminated or hide dangerous material.
- Record as many details as possible about the waste and when you found it. If possible take a photograph of the waste.
- Report the incident – do not move the waste or remove any evidence from it until the authorities have been notified.
- Secure the waste so that it cannot be interfered with or added to.
- Remember that fly-tippers are doing something illegal – they are unlikely to welcome people observing them. Do not put yourself at risk – if fly-tipping is in progress, call 999.
- When arranging for disposal, ensure that you use a registered waste carrier, as if it is dumped elsewhere you could be held responsible and face an unlimited fine.
- Ensure that you get documentation which includes the details of the waste and who is taking it away.
- If you take the waste to a licensed waste site yourself, make sure you are registered as a waste carrier.
- If the waste is hazardous then make sure that it is being carried and disposed of by those licensed to deal with hazardous waste.
- Keep full details of your clearance and disposal costs. Successful prosecution can mean that your costs incurred for the removal of the waste can also be recovered.
You should also contact your local authority and the Environment Agency (EA) – call 0800 80 70 60 – to see if they can offer any help and investigate an incident.
You must contact the EA under certain circumstances: if the illegally dumped waste is more than 20 tonnes (about 20cu m); more than 5cu m of fibrous asbestos; more than 75 litres of potentially hazardous waste in drums or containers; or possibly linked to criminal business activity or rural crime.