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Fly tipping

Fly-tipping and current legislation

  • Fly-tipping is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates' Court. The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court.
  • Fly-tipping is illegal. We will name and shame anyone prosecuted for fly-tipping
  • Even if you pay a man with a van to take away your rubbish and they fly tip it, or you leave waste out for scrap metal and they fly tip it, you can still face penalties of up to £5,000
  • check that any person removing your waste for you carries a waste carriers license, send an email to

How to avoid your waste being flytipped


  • Businesses must follow their duty of care and use other authorised methods of disposal – guidance can be found at GOV.UK

How to protect your land from flytipping

Last updated Tuesday, 30th May 2023

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