Fly-tippingHelp 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.

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