A Guide for Landowners
With the massive budget cuts local authorities are facing, we need to tackle the fly-tipping issue and drive down the 1,000 incidents that happen each month in our county.
The types of land most commonly affected by fly-tipping include land near to household waste recycling centres, roadsides and private land. This leaflet has been produced for you, as a landowner, to inform you of your legal responsibilities around fly-tipping and to provide advice and information on the support available to you, how to deal with fly-tipping incidents and help to prevent it happening.
What are my responsibilities?Your local council is responsible for dealing with most types of fly-tipping incidents on public land. The Environment Agency will deal with larger incidents, those involving organised crime, and certain hazardous wastes which will damage the environment. Local councils do not remove fly-tipped waste on private land. As a private landowner, you are responsible for clearing and disposing of fly-tipping found on your land and for reporting the incident to your local council.
Is there support available?
How you can dispose of fly-tipped waste legally.
The support available is assessed on a case by case basis and is limited to the resources available to the council. Please contact your local council for more details.
What to do if you are a victim of fly-tipping
Before you take any action, please make sure it is safe to do so – be extremely
careful as fly-tipped waste can be hazardous.
- If you suspect the waste may include hazardous substances contact the Environment Agency for advice on how to deal with it (contact details in this leaflet).
- Exercise caution if you are opening bags or drums and be aware that piles of soil may be contaminated or hide dangerous materials.
- Secure the fly-tipping – make sure the waste is not causing a risk to anyone, you may want to consider the need for a temporary barrier to confine the waste.
- Record details – try and record as many details as possible as this will help your local council take necessary action and help prevent recurring incidents. Take photos of the waste as found, look for any information that may indicate who may responsible e.g. paperwork and talk to your neighbours to find out if they saw anything suspicious.
- Report the incident – regardless of whether fly-tipping is found on public land or your land, you should report it to your local council to help identify trends and hotspots.
- Do not move the waste onto other land as you will also be committing an offence.
Disposing of fly-tipping
As a landowner you have a duty of care to ensure fly-tipped waste is disposed of correctly. The waste must be taken to a trade waste facility. There are four council run business waste disposal facilities across the county. Check the Northamptonshire County Council website for opening times and information. Charges apply at these sites on a pay as you go basis and your waste carrier licence will be checked.
The four council run business waste disposal facilities are:Kettering
Telford Way Industrial Estate
Northampton - Sixfields
Walter Tull Way
Via Sixfields Leisure Roundabout
Northampton – Ecton Lane
Lower Ecton Lane
East of Sanders Lodge on the old A45 road
You can take the waste yourself or have it collected by a licensed waste disposal company. In some cases your local council may be able to assist you, but there will be a charge.
It is advised that when arranging for the waste to be removed by a waste disposal company, you check the Environment Agency website or ask to see their waste carrier licence to ensure they are licensed to take the waste away. Failure to check they are licensed could result in you being prosecuted and fined up to £5000.
How to prevent fly-tipping on your land:
- Limit access by installing gates or barriers, but make sure you are not blocking a public right of way.
- Close / secure gates when they are not in use.
- Improve visibility so fly-tippers are not hidden from view. This could be done through clearing of areas or small scale landscaping to reduce hidden corners.
- Install or improve lighting.
- Keep your land tidy – untidy areas attract fly-tippers.
- If any waste is fly-tipped on your land, remove it quickly as others will think they’ve found a good place to abandon their waste.
- Supervise any large deliveries on your land, especially for construction or agriculture. Unscrupulous operators may deliver something you weren’t expecting.
- Work with your neighbours to monitor fly-tipping in your area.
Download Fly-tipping: A Guide for Landowners