Fly-tipping is the illegal disposal of waste on land and those found guilty of fly-tipping can face fines of up to £50,000 and/or a prison sentence, for each deposit of waste. The law imposes a duty on householders to ensure that waste is disposed of properly.
If you witness fly-tipping, do not approach the person, try to gather as much information as you can including:
- date and time of the offence
- description of the person
- details of any vehicles and registration number
- details of the waste fly-tipped
- do not touch the waste and email the Highway Enforcement team Highway.Enforcement@bexley.gov.uk with the 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.