Help stop fly-tipping in Surrey: your responsibilities

Fly-tipped tyres

What is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste on land. It can range from a black bag of household waste to large quantities of household, commercial or construction waste and is one of the most common forms of anti-social behaviour.

Why is fly-tipping a problem?

It is unsightly, threatens wildlife, causes pollution and endangers public health. Last year it cost Surrey’s councils nearly £1 million to clear up.

Who is responsible for disposing of business waste?

If your business generates waste, then you have a ‘duty of care’ to dispose of it in a responsible and legal manner.  You must make sure that anybody who disposes of waste for you is authorised to take it and transport, recycle or dispose of it safely. You could be fined if your waste ends up fly-tipped and you can’t show that you took reasonable steps to prevent it.

How do I dispose of business waste?

  • A waste management contractor will be able to do this for you. Remember to check that they are a registered waste carrier.
  • Contact your local council to see if it provides a commercial waste collection service.
  • You will need to register as a waste carrier to transport your own business waste.
  • Hazardous waste must be dealt with by a specialist waste contractor. Search online for a reputable company that will dispose of this waste for you by checking the Environment Agency register.
  • Dry recyclables, hygiene or healthcare, confidential, electronic and hazardous waste need to be kept apart.
    For more information please visit the right waste right place campaign.
  • Complete a waste transfer note for each load of non-hazardous waste that leaves your premises.

How do I check if someone is a registered waste carrier?

You can check whether a waste carrier is registered on the Environment Agency’s public register or call 03708 506 506.

What do I do if I suspect my waste carrier is not following the ‘duty of care' law?

What happens if my waste ends up being fly-tipped?

You could face a heavy fine if you haven't taken steps to dispose of your business waste responsibly and legally. If convicted in a Crown Court, you receive an unlimited fine or face a five year prison sentence. Vehicles suspected of being involved in fly-tipping can be seized and destroyed on conviction.

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