Dumping waste on any land which doesn't have an Environmental Permit, or allowing others to do so on your behalf is a criminal offence. You could face very large fines and even be sent to prison.
Apart from being an eyesore, fly-tipping can lead to serious pollution of land and waterways, blight our countryside and open spaces, increase fear of crime, and harm wildlife and human health.
The Council and the Environment Agency are responsible for clearing up or investigating fly-tipping on public land. Clearing fly-tipping from private land is the responsibility of the landowner. Fly-tipping costs council taxpayers and landowners significant amounts of money to clear away.
Everyone has a legal responsibility or 'duty of care' to make sure that all waste from their household or business is disposed of correctly and doesn't end up being fly-tipped.
Some people make money by charging to take waste away illegally and then fly-tipping it. You could face penalties of up to £5,000 if you don’t check that the company or person you give waste to:
There are a number of Household Waste and Recycling Centres throughout Suffolk where residents can dispose of household waste. These sites also accept business waste for a fee.
You can dispose of most household waste at the network of Household Waste and Recycling Centres around Suffolk. However, if you arrange for anyone else to dispose of your waste, remember the SCRAP code.
Suspect - beware of rogue waste carriers who dump waste illegally. If in doubt do not let them take your waste.
Check - ask to see their waste carrier's licence - you can check the details on the public register or by calling 08708 506506. Note down the licence details and the registration number of the vehicle used to take your waste away.
Refuse unsolicited offers - always carry out your own research and choose who you want to take your waste away.
Ask questions - ask what is going to happen to your waste, and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately. A legitimate, professional waste carrier should not object to being asked reasonable questions.
Paperwork - make sure you get a proper invoice and receipt for your waste.
Businesses have a broader duty of care than householders and are required to ensure that waste is stored safely and securely, and that waste information notes are completed for each load of waste removed. Full details of your responsibilities.
For more information, see the National Fly-tipping Prevention Group guide for businesses for individuals and Waste Duty of Care Code of Practice.
Landowners are responsible for removing and disposing of any waste fly-tipped on their land. You can protect your land from fly-tipping by:
For more information, see the National Fly-tipping Prevention Group guide for landowners.
If you discover fly-tipped waste, there are some do's and don'ts:
If you witness someone fly-tipping, make a note of:
Be very careful. Remember that fly-tippers are doing something illegal – they are unlikely to welcome people observing them or taking notes or photographs.