Fly-tipping is defined as 'the illegal deposit of any waste onto land that does not have a licence to accept it’. Those found guilty of fly-tipping can face fines of up to £50,000 and/or a prison sentence. The law imposes a duty on householders to ensure that waste is disposed of properly and the London Borough of Bexley are issuing Fixed Penalty Notices of £400 for the unauthorised depositing of waste.
You can report fly-tipping to us on 0208 303 7777, or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you see waste which has been fly-tipped, or witness someone in the act of fly-tipping, we will need to know the following information:, which can be emailed separately to email@example.com
Any vehicles which were involved in the fly-tipping (please take note of registration numbers, make of vehicle and any company names/logos)
- Where the waste has been fly-tipped (addresses and locations are always helpful)
- What you witnessed (Were people seen? How many? What were they wearing?)
- When you witnessed it (date and time)
We will also need:
- Your name
- Your address
- A contact telephone number and/or email address
This information will only be seen by Council staff (we may need to contact you as part of our investigation). It will not be shared without your permission, but we may be unable to investigate without this information.
Fly-tipping in private alleyways
Private alleyways at the side of, or back onto houses or businesses are normally the responsibility of the householders/businesses to maintain and keep clean. The London Borough of Bexley can remove this type of waste to prevent rat infestation but can charge the owners for removal.
If you have problems with fly-tipping in your alleyway or experience anti-social behaviour, why not gate the alleyway which will stop any unauthorised access and improve security. Domestic waste can be taken free to Foots Cray reuse and recycling centre and Thames Road reuse and recycling centre.
Householders’ duty of care
Waste that is not correctly disposed of and is deposited on land is classed as fly-tipping and anyone found guilty can face fines of up to £50,000 or up to 12 months imprisonment through the Magistrates’ court.
Anyone who takes waste away for you must hold a Waste Carriers Licence and as a resident, you are responsible for making sure that you only employ someone that has a licence. Licences can be checked on the Environment Agency’s waste carriers register.