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.
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.
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.
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.
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Further questions about Fly Tipping
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