Landowners, occupiers and managers
Help stop fly-tipping in Surrey: your responsibilities
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 fly-tipped waste on my land?
As an owner, occupier or manager of land you have a duty of care to make sure that any waste illegally dumped on your land is taken away and disposed of safely and responsibly.
Who can dispose of fly-tipped waste for me?
Search online or through the telephone directory for a reputable company that will dispose of this waste for you. You must make sure that whoever takes your waste is a registered waste carrier.
How can I prevent fly-tipping on my land?
There are a range of things you can do to reduce the amount of waste fly-tipped on your land:
- Prevent access by installing gates and barriers, but make sure you are not permanently blocking a public right of way.
- Make sure gates are closed when not in use.
- Improve visibility so that fly-tippers are not hidden from view.
- Install or improve lighting.
- Keep areas tidy as untidy areas attract fly-tippers.
- Remove fly-tipped waste quickly before others think they’ve found a good place to dump their waste as well.
- Supervise any activities on your land involving large deliveries. Unscrupulous operators may deliver something you weren’t expecting.
- Consider installing CCTV.
- Consider employing professional security patrols.
- Put up signs to deter potential fly-tippers.
- Help the authorities to take action against fly-tippers by collecting evidence. Successful prosecutions are a strong deterrent to potential fly-tippers.
Files available to download
- Landowners flytipping poster (PDF, 194.7 KB)