Fly-tipping

Find out how to report fly-tipping and prevent your rubbish being fly-tipped by others.

What is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish. It is punishable by a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment and the possibility of an unlimited fine on conviction.

Fly-tipping:

  • can seriously pollute watercourses and contaminate land.
  • can endanger human health, wildlife and livestock.
  • is unsightly, spoiling our communities and the quality of life for local residents.
  • is seen as a major problem by over three quarters of landowners and affects 67% of farmers.
  • undermines legitimate businesses who are undercut by illegal operators.
  • encourages others to dump more waste.

#SCRAP flytipping 

S-Suspect, C-Check Waste carriers on EA site, R-Refuse unexpected offers, A-Ask what will happen to your waste, P-Paperwork should be obtained

 

Our #SCRAPflytipping campaign is live across Suffolk and in other Counties across the UK.

This campaign aims to prevent the problem of fly tipping before it is created. The campaign is aimed at residents and businesses whose waste is sometimes fly tipped by unlicensed operators. It aims to remind people that they should only allow licensed waste carriers to take waste away for them and how to check a waste carriers license. It also raises awareness of the issue of fly tipping and how to report it, leading to more reports helping to find those responsible.

We are reaching out to residents through targeted social media advertising in order to maximise reach and providing an easy to follow set of links that residents can use find out how to prevent fly tipping, check waste carriers’ licenses and report existing incidents of fly tipping.

Key Links:

Find out how to prevent fly-tipping

Check the Environment Agency Waste Carriers website

Report a fly-tipping incident (details also below)

Report fly-tipping incident

Contact the authorities

Your local waste collection authority clears fly-tipping on public land. Contact your local district or borough council:

Council website Contact
Babergh District Council 0300 123 4000 (option 7)/ Report it online
East Suffolk Council 0333 016 2000 / Report it online
Ipswich Borough Council 01473 432000 / Report it online
Mid Suffolk District Council 0300 123 4000 (option 7)/ Report it online
West Suffolk Council 01284 763233 / customer.services@westsuffolk.gov.uk

Alternatively, you can report bigger incidents of fly-tipping by calling the Environment Agency's 24 hour Hot Line on 0800 807 060. They investigate incidents with a greater potential to cause harm to human health and damage to the environment. 

Any information you supply will be treated in strictest confidence in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Tips for reporting

Witnesses are vitally important in enabling action to be taken against people who fly-tip rubbish.

It will be useful for you to record the following information: 

  1. Time and date of incident
  2. Description of person(s) dumping rubbish
  3. Description of vehicle(s) involved, including registration numbers
  4. Description of the rubbish dumped
  5. Photographs can also be very useful, but only if it is safe to do so

Keep any notes you make at the time, even scribbled ones, as they can be very valuable as evidence.

Stay safe – do not confront fly-tippers.

Do not look for clues in the waste yourself, as there may be harmful items hidden in it.