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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. Find links below at the end of this article. 

Fly-tipping often occurs when rogue waste carriers illegally dump the waste that they collect to avoid proper disposal fees and maximise their profits, unfairly undercutting legitimate businesses. You have a legal responsibility, or Duty of Care, to make sure that all waste from your household or business is disposed of correctly. It is you that could face prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000 if your waste ends up fly-tipped.

Be wary of door to door offers to take away waste or informal quotes on social media. Offers may still be genuine, but always be suspicious and cautious because you could be held responsible if your waste is fly tipped. Always check a waste-carriers licence regardless of how genuine they appear. A person you pay to take away your waste needs to have an upper tier waste carriers’ licence. A lower tiered waste carriers license would be used by a business that only carried waste that they produced in the course of carrying out their business (unless it is construction or demolition waste). To check a waste-carriers licence is genuine should check that their licence matches their registration number, the person and that it hasn’t expired. You should also be curious where they will dispose of your waste and always get paperwork of the transaction.

It is also important that residents understand what a reasonable price for taking waste away is. Illegal waste carriers that could fly tip your waste will often charge well below genuine rates so if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. For example, an offer to take a large van full of waste for £50 wouldn’t cover the costs for disposing of waste legally, so it is likely that they would be operating illegally, and you could be held responsible if your waste is fly tipped.

The SCRAP Code

How can you prevent fly tipping as a householder?

Always follow the S.C.R.A.P code:

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Step one: SUSPECT!

Don't let anyone take your waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate.

Step two: CHECK!

Verify their waste carrier’s registration details using the Environment Agency website here or by calling 03708 506 506. Note down the registration number of the vehicle used to take your waste away.

Step three: REFUSE!

If you do not trust that someone who you have spoken to will be disposing of waste legally, report their vehicle registration and name to the Environment Agency.

Step four: ASK!

A legal waste carrier should happily answer reasonable questions.

Step five: PAPERWORK!

Make sure you get a proper invoice, waste transfer note or a receipt for your waste removal.

Together, let’s #SCRAPflytipping.


Find out more on how to prevent fly tipping and report incidents to your council: https://www.suffolkrecycling.org.uk/fly-tipping
Check Environment Agency’s Register of Waste Carriers: https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers

The campaign reminds people to check that they should only allow licensed waste carriers to take waste away for them. This can be checked by either asking to see their Waste Carrier Licence or by looking up the company, either on the Environment Agency website (https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers) or by telephoning 03708 506 506.