Fly-tipping on Land
Fly-tipping is the illegal deposition of waste on land and is a criminal offence.
Anyone found guilty of fly-tipping can be fined up to £50,000 and face up to 6 months in prison or up to five years if hazardous waste is dumped (eg toxic waste, asbestos, etc) if convicted in a Magistrates' Court. If convicted in the Crown Court, fines are unlimited and a prison sentence of up to 5 years can be imposed.
It is also illegal for an owner or occupier of land to allow someone to dump rubbish on land belonging to themselves if they do not have a waste management licence or an exemption for that land.
Householders must take extra care when employing traders or contractors who remove any waste from their property as the householder is liable to a fine of £5,000 if their rubbish is not passed to a legal waste operator and it is flytipped.
How can we prevent fly-tipping?
Use a registered waste carrier to remove waste, or if using a private company it is important to ascertain the following information:
- Ask to see their certification - they must be a registered or an exempt waste carrier to take away your waste. The waste carrier validation check can be done online using Natural Resources Wales website or you can contact them by telephone.
- Ask where they intend to take the waste - it should only be to an authorised site and for documentary evidence to show where they have disposed of it.
If you are a business, you must ensure you receive a Duty of Care Waste Transfer Note from the registered waste carrier who is disposing of your waste.
What if I see rubbish being fly-tipped?
If you see rubbish being fly-tipped it will be useful to have the following information.
- Where the incident took place.
- Date, day and time that the fly-tipping took place.
- A description of what was tipped and the quantity.
- What happened - how many people were involved, what did they look like, what did they do, was a vehicle involved? If so what were the vehicle details?
Witnesses will be asked to make a statement and may be required to appear in court. Do not approach anyone you see fly-tipping yourself as they could be violent.
What if I didn’t see rubbish being fly-tipped?
Where accumulations of rubbish occur on private land and there is no evidence who fly-tipped the material, action can take action against the owner or occupier of the land in the following circumstances:
- If the owner or occupier knowingly permitted or caused rubbish to be deposited on the land.
- If the accumulations are likely to attract or harbour vermin or are prejudicial to health.
The Council will not normally investigate anonymous complaints or neighbour disputes involving overhanging tree branches where the overhanging branches have been deposited back into the tree owner’s property.
How can the public report fly-tipping?
If you want to report an incident on fly-tipping, please contact the Neighbourhood Services Team.
Shared Regulatory Services
Bridgend County Borough Council
Telephone: 0300 123 66 96