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Fly-tipping - illegal dumping of rubbish

A fly tip is any refuse bag, bulky or loose material that has been dumped in a public space or left on land without the owner's permission. Fly tipped items may include furniture and household rubbish (fridges, freezers, cookers), building rubble, carpeting, shopping trolleys, hazardous waste and any other items of refuse.

Fly tips come from a number of sources and include domestic rubbish bags and household goods, trade businesses tipping waste, and large professional fly tippers carrying up to 40 tonnes or more of hard core waste.

Fly tipping is illegal under The Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the maximum fine is £50,000 and/or up to five years in prison.

On publicly owned land both District Councils and the Environment Agency have powers to tackle fly-tipping, however it is always the responsibility of the landowner to clear up fly-tipping on their own land.  Statutory notices will be served on owners or occupiers to clean up privately-owned land and property where fly-tipping has occurred.

District Councils clear up fly-tipping on publicly owned land, including roads and lay-bys.

The Environment Agency investigates the larger scale incidents of fly-tipping, over 20 tonnes, involving hazardous waste and incidents involving organised gangs of fly-tippers.

What can you do to help?

  • Make sure you are aware of the refuse and recycling collection day in your area, you can check your collection day.
  • Please put your rubbish bags out on the morning of collection by 7am.

If you are having building work carried out or your garden is being cleared or you are disposing of some unwanted items, please ensure the workmen intend to dispose of the waste responsibly.  You should:

  • Consider whether the contractor falls into one of the following categories: All building and allied trades; landscape gardeners, tree fellers and surgeons; house clearers; retail establishments; scrap metal dealers. These are occupations that will normally need a waste carrier registration.
  • Ask the contractor whether they are a registered waste carrier and ask for their waste carrier number. If they are not registered, do not use the service, and advise them that they need to speak with the Environment Agency on 08708 506506.

If they claim to be registered, telephone the Environment Agency on 08708 506506 and request an instant Waste Carrier Validation Check or check online at

If you see a fly tip happening, please take the details of any vehicle involved, the time, date and basic description of the offenders.  Make sure you record a description of the type of waste (black bags, an old sofa, fridge etc).  Under no circumstances should you approach or talk to the offender(s) and do not touch or move fly-tipped materials, etc. You should report the details to us using our online report it form.

What we will do to help

If anyone is caught flytipping, they will be issued with a fixed penalty notice and/or prosecuted.

The Council's contractors aim to clear fly-tipped waste within 72 hours of it being reported. Asbestos and other hazardous waste has to be collected by a specialist contractor and may take a little longer.

Our Contractors, Veolia, offer a chargeable collection service for bulky goods such as fridges and furniture through our contractors.  Please contact Veolia direct on 01255 431620 for the current charge or to arrange collection.

Essex County Council provides 4 Household Recycling Centres across the Tendring district where you can dispose of bulky items and household waste free of charge.

Useful links

Crime Not To Care - your rubbish, your responsibility

The Environment Agency

The Environmental Protection Act 1990

Veolia Environmental Services

Essex County Council Household Recycling Centres


Last updated on: 21/09/2018 - 15:31