Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. We treat fly-tipping very seriously. We will look to investigate and prosecute anyone caught fly-tipping waste. We will organise for the removal of fly-tipping from public land. Items less than a bin bag in size will be dealt with as litter.
Penalty notice and fine for fly-tipping
We can issue a £200 fixed penalty notice to anyone who we suspect may have fly-tipped. Prosecution for fly-tipping carries a fine of up to £95,000 (unlimited if taken through the Crown Court) or an offender can be sent to prison or have their vehicle seized.
What to do if you see fly-tipped waste
Fly-tipping should be reported straight away.
If you see someone fly-tipping
Any information listed below about who has fly-tipped could be used by the Community Wardens to find the person responsible. Details such as:
- vehicle registration and description
- description of the person or persons seen fly-tipping
- a photo, video or dashboard camera footage of the fly-tipping incident
NEVER touch the waste: fly-tipped waste can be dangerous - it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances.
NEVER disturb the site - we need to gather the evidence ourselves to help identify the fly-tippers and lead to their prosecution
NEVER approach anyone you see fly-tipping - they could become violent. If you witness it happening call the police on 101.
Remember - Don't Put Yourself At Risk!
Fly-tipping on private land
You are responsible for securing your land. We will not remove waste on private land.
If the Community Wardens are unable to identify the owner of the land the report will have to be closed. When reporting fly-tipping please say if you believe the land is private, and who you believe to be the owner.
Better ways of disposing of unwanted items
Most items can be taken to the household waste recycling centres at Flusco and Kirkby Stephen