How do I report fly-tipping?
If you see the offence being committed, please phone the police on 101.
Please be aware that fly-tips can contain dangerous and hazardous materials, so for your own safety we ask you not to touch any tip you may find. Also, please do not remove anything from the fly tip as this could compromise any prosecution that may result from our investigation.
What is fly-tipping?
Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It is a crime that:
- Damages the environment
- Presents a public health risk
- Is a financial burden to the state
Fly-tipping can vary in scale and type, examples include:
- An individual dumping garden waste in a lay-by
- Furniture or electrical equipment being dumped outside a home (i.e. a sofa or television)
- Inappropriate waste placed in or next to incorrect bins (i.e. household waste left next to a bottle bank)
- Individuals depositing items outside of Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs)
- Illegal traders receiving payment for disposal and subsequently dumping waste
- Commercial waste being disposed incorrectly (i.e. outside of licensed arrangements)
- Large-scale dumping of industrial waste
You are responsible…
Be aware that you are personally responsible for the disposal of your waste. If your waste is found dumped illegally you could be fined up to £400 by East Hampshire District Council.
If convicted at court, the maximum fine is unlimited and you could face 12 months in prison.
To dispose of items not collected by your household refuse and recycling collections, the following options are available:
- Paying for East Hampshire District Council’s bulky waste collection service.
- Taking your waste to Hampshire County Council’s waste recycling centres.
- Paying for an approved licensed waste carrier and signing a waste transfer note handing over responsibility to them.
How do I know a waste carrier is legitimate?
It is most important to ensure your waste is disposed of correctly. By law, you are personally responsible for ensuring the safe and correct disposal of your unwanted items, even if you have paid someone else to do it. If your waste is found dumped illegally you could be fined.
An approved waste carrier will be licensed, and will provide paperwork signing over the responsibility for the waste from you to their service. The following will help with the process:
- The Environment Agency provides an online register of waste carriers.
- Any approved waste carrier will have a licence available for your perusal.
Our role against fly tipping
The council will remove waste and rubbish left dumped by fly tippers on public highways and public land. We do not remove rubbish from private property but we can advise you on disposal, if you are unable to take it to your nearest public amenity site.
Whenever possible, the council will prosecute those who fly tip and the law gives magistrates the power to fine offenders up to £50,000 in addition to a maximum prison sentence of two years.