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Fly-tipping

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of household and trade waste in lay-bys and quiet country lanes; it is on the increase both in Charnwood and nationally.

Fly-tipping is a criminal offence under waste legislation with unlimited fines and/or five years imprisonment.

Beware of unauthorised waste carriers - Don't end up with a fine resulting from the illegal dumping of your waste.

If you discover a fly-tip zone, you should:

  • visually inspect the site, to try to see what the waste consists of, but do not touch it as it may be dangerous (contain syringes, toxic chemicals or similar) and there may be evidence that could identify the culprits
  • Do not disturb the site

The sooner these incidents are reported the sooner they can be investigated or removed.


If I see someone fly-tipping what should I do?

We will try to identify anyone fly-tipping in order to prosecute them. Any information you can collect is therefore important to us. If possible, you should write down any details as soon as possible, using the guidance below.

You may also be asked to make a statement, so record the following details:

  • Day, date, time including the time tipping stops
  • Who was with you
  • What you saw
  • Description of fly-tippers
  • What you saw them do
  • Description of the vehicle used, especially the registration number, colour, make and model
  • Where were you and what kind of view did you have
  • How far away were you
  • What was the weather like
  • Description of the waste tipped - quantity, appearance, loose/bagged or drummed
  • If you can, take photographs (without being seen by fly-tippers)
  • Record details of how the waste was subsequently dealt with
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