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Fly Tipping

North Hertfordshire District 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.

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Reporting fly-tipping

If you wish to report a fly tipping, please contact the Enforcement Team or use our online form:

Report Fly Tipping Form

Witnessing fly-tipping

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 immediately. All information is valuable to us and will be treated confidentially.

Please record all details immediately and keep safe:

  • 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 e.g. builders rubble*.
  • How many people did you see*?
  • Did you recognise any of them*?
  • Can you describe them? (e.g. 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*.

Please DO NOT remove any evidence from site.

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

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

The 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!

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What does fly-tipping include?

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.

Preventing fly-tipping (Duty of Care)

Simple steps can prevent fly-tipping.

If you give waste to anyone else ensure they are authorised to carry it. Ask for their carriers authorisation. You can check online at the Environment Agency or by telephone 08708 506506.

Ask where the waste is going. Use the Waste Directory online to check legitimate sites.

Ask for a receipt detailing where the waste is going, vehicle details, carriers authorisation number- this is a legal obligation if you are in business but is good practice if you are a private householder. Further information is available on the DEFRA website.

If you are a business and need to know more about protecting your environment use Netregs online on the Environment-Agency website.

Can the waste be taken by the Council special refuse collection for large items? Further details are provided on the bulky waste collection service webpage.

Contact Details

North Hertfordshire District Council, contractors Veolia can be contacted on 0800 3286023.

Details of how to contact the team can be found on the Housing & Public Protection contact page.