What is Flytipping?
Flytipping is the illegal dumping of waste on land, often seen in lay-bys, road verges, fields or open space.
Flytipping is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, for which offenders can be fined from £50 to £20,000 or receive 6 months imprisonment. Fines are unlimited if the case goes to the Sherriff Court or up to 2 years’ imprisonment (up to 5 years if hazardous waste is dumped).
If you do see any fly-tipping please get as much information as you can, such as vehicle registration, descriptions of persons involved and the location but without endangering your own safety.
How does Flytipping affect where we live?
- Uncontrolled waste disposal can be hazardous to the public who may come into contact with it e.g. chemical wastes, electrical items and syringes.
- It can result in Environmental damage.
- It looks unsightly and places a financial burden on all council tax payers.