Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of items, whether it is a single bag or a vehicle load of rubbish. It is a criminal offence and punishable by an unlimited fine or imprisonment. Not only is it an eyesore, it is harmful to people’s health and the environment. It is also expensive to clear up.
Your waste your responsibility
We all have a legal ‘duty of care’ to ensure that waste we produce is disposed in the correct matter. If you find you have too much waste and it won’t fit in your green waste bin, please take the rubbish to your local household recycling centre. If you have large, heavy items to get rid of, we offer a bulky waste service which can be booked online:
Did you know that if you pay someone to remove rubbish from your property and it’s then fly-tipped you could be prosecuted?
If you are using a third party (e.g. a builder) to dispose of waste on your behalf, it is your responsibility to ensure that the waste carrier hired is registered with the Environment Agency:
- Always ask whether they are a registered waste carrier.
- Ask for their waste carriers number to verify details.
- Request a waste transfer note – this is a document which must accompany any transfer of waste between different holders.
Make sure you get a receipt confirming what they have taken, where they have disposed of it and details of any payment made. If the waste is later found to have been fly-tipped and you don't have this proof, you will still be legally responsible for the offence(s) and could be prosecuted.
We remove fly-tipping from public land and laybys. Rubbish on private land is the landowner’s responsibility.
Any fly-tipping in the road that is causing a hazard should be reported to Buckinghamshire County Council on 01296 382416