Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of any waste on to land. Fly-tipped waste generally consists of single or multiple bags, household goods or large items of rubbish that are illegally dumped instead of being disposed of properly at a council amenity site or landfill.
What do I do if I see someone fly-tipping?
Fly-tipping is illegal. If you see someone illegally dumping rubbish you should report it so that we can remove the rubbish and investigate the crime. The more detail you can provide, the more chance we have of catching the perpetrators. Details would include the date, time and place of the incident and what has been dumped if you know. However as some waste can be hazardous, do not touch anything or open any bags. If you are able to give a description of any vehicles involved, including the number plate, that would be of great assistance in catching and convicting offenders.
Report incidents of fly-tipping to the Dumb Dumpers Stopline on 0845 230 4090. Details can also be entered online at the Dumb Dumpers website.
What are the penalties for fly-tipping?
Anyone caught fly-tipping can be issued with a fixed penalty and/or prosecuted. In Scotland the main legislation is the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA 1990), Sections 33, 34 and 59.
Fines are up to £20,000 and/or six months imprisonment. Fines are unlimited if the case goes to the High Court, and offenders can get up to two years imprisonment, or five years if hazardous waste is dumped.
Where fly-tipping involves the use of a vehicle, the driver can be prosecuted, as can the owner of the vehicle. The Police also have powers to seize vehicles used for fly-tipping.