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http://www.eastherts.gov.uk/flytipping Last modified July 7, 2016 09:45

Fly Tipping

The Council treats this problem very seriously and will prosecute anyone caught fly tipping waste. Fly tipping is the common term used to describe waste illegally deposited on land as described under section 33 of the Environment Protection Act 1990.

Fly Tipping

The definition includes items ranging from a single black rubbish bag to multiple loads of construction waste.

The fly tipping of controlled waste is a serious criminal offence which carries a fine of up to £50,000 and/or 1 year imprisonment.

If the case is very serious and goes to Crown Court an unlimited fine may be imposed and the prison term goes up to 5 years. It is important to realise that there can be offences committed by others before the fly tip, such as permitting the fly tip or causing the fly tip and the sanctions are the same as actually doing the fly tipping, or, if there is vehicle involved, there are offences relating to the controller of the vehicle.

  • Anyone giving permission for fly tipping to occur on land they control will be open to investigation and prosecution.
  • Anyone giving waste to a another person for disposal without checking a) whether that person is authorised to carry waste b) where the waste is going, and the waste is subsequently fly tipped will be open to investigation and prosecution for causing the fly tipping.
  •  Fly tipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles.  In this case the person controlling the use of the vehicle, normally the registered keeper, can also be prosecuted. This means that it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable.

Fly-tipping obstructing the Highway

If a fly-tip is blocking part or all of the road then this should be reported to Hertfordshire County Council via their online Highway Faulty Reporting Form or by phone to 0300 1234 047.  For any fly-tips off the road then please report this to East Herts Council.

Preventing fly tipping

Simple steps can prevent fly tipping.

If you give waste to anyone else ensure they are authorised to carry it. Ask for their carrier's authorisation. You can check online at Gov UK - Environment - Public Register or by telephone 08708 506506.

Ask for a receipt detailing where the waste is going, vehicle details, carrier's authorisation number - this is a legal obligation if you are in business but is good practice if you are a private householder.

If you are a business and need to know more about protecting your environment use NetRegs - environmental guidance for your business

Can the waste be taken by the Council special refuse collection for large items? For details view Bulky Waste Collections

Witnessing fly tipping

If you witness fly tipping or fly tipped rubbish; any information that you can provide will greatly assist us in our fight against this illegal activity.

To assist investigations it would be helpful if you could record as much detail as possible and report it immediately. All information is valuable to us and will be treated confidentially.

Please record all details immediately and keep safe.

If you can take photos (eg camera phones) please do so.

Remember: do not approach any individuals and do not put yourself in any danger.

  • Date and time that you saw the fly tippers in action or discovered the rubbish.
  • Location of the incident - address or local landmarks.
  • A description of the rubbish eg builders rubble.
  • How many people did you see?
  • Did you recognise any of them?
  • Can you describe them? (eg sex, hair colour, height, distinguishing features)
  • What did you actually see these people do?
  • Was there a vehicle involved - make / model / colour / registration number?
  • Were there any distinguishing features or signs on the vehicle?
  • Where were you when you saw the fly tipping: what kind of view did you have? How far away were you? Weather and light conditions.

If you witness fly tipping actually taking place call the Police on 999 and give as much detail as possible

If you discover fly tipped waste after the event call (01279) 655261 ask for Operations or use our on-line Flytipping Report form.

The Gov UK - Environment Agency has the statutory responsibility to investigate the larger scale fly tipping incidences where the waste may pose a serious risk to the environment and where the activity is linked to organised crime.


Remember - Don't put yourself at risk!

Report it on-line:

Flytipping Report


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Further questions about Fly Tipping

e: operations.admin@eastherts.gov.uk

t: 01279 655261

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