Who tackles fly-tipping?
It is always the responsibility of the landowner to clear up fly-tipping on their own land. On publicly owned land both District Councils and the Environment Agency have powers to tackle fly-tipping.
District Councils clear up fly-tipping on publicly owned land, including roads and lay-bys.
The Environment Agency investigates the larger scale incidents of fly-tipping, involving hazardous waste and incidents involving organised gangs of fly-tippers.
Reports of fly-tipping incidents should be made to your local District Council (please see the District Council Contacts page) or to the Environment Agency on their 24-hour hotline number: 0800 807060.
Guidance notes about fly-tipping
Guidance for land owners, managers and members of the public on tackling fly tipping is available (PDF, file size 83 kb). It is prepared by the Fly Tipping Stakeholders Forum. This guidance provides information and advice on:
- Gathering evidence on fly tipping incidents
- How local authorities and the Environment Agency can tackle fly tipping
- How to deal with different types and quantities of fly tipped waste
- Steps to reduce the risks of becoming a victim of fly tipping
- Legal powers and duties of Local Authorities, the Environment Agencies and the police.
Further information about fly-tipping is available on the Environment Agengy (EA) website www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/waste/flytipping/default.aspx
Useful information is also available about fly-tipping on the Direct Gov website at www.direct.gov.uk/en/Environmentandgreenerliving/index.htm
Page Last Updated: 20 July 2011