Fly-tipping and fly-posting

Fly tipping

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste.  You can report fly-tipping online here.

What is fly-tipping?

We clean up fly-tipping on land we own and on public highways or roads. If the land is privately owned the landowner is responsible for clearing the fly-tipping.

Fly-tipping is a serious offence which carries a fine of up to £50,000 (unlimited if dealt with at Crown Court) or an offender can be sent to prison. Fly-tipping is associated with dumping waste from vehicles. The police also have the powers to seize vehicles used for fly-tipping. We investigate every case and if we recover evidence and can identify those responsible formal action is taken. This is often using fixed penalty notices of up to £400 which can be issued to fly tipping offenders or householders who have failed in their duty of care to dispose of their rubbish responsibly. More serious cases can result in prosecution through the courts. Offenders will also have to pay any costs of the investigation, clean up, vehicle recovery costs and legal fees.

What can I do to prevent fly-tipping?

Make sure your household waste is disposed of correctly and legally.

Don’t employ people to take away any rubbish unless you are sure they are legitimate businesses. All proper businesses should have a Waste Carriers Licence. To see if a waste carrier is licensed, you can phone 03708 506 506 or check the online public register of the Environment Agency’s website

If you ask someone else to remove your waste and they dispose of it illegally, you are still legally responsible and may be prosecuted.

A large amount of your household waste can be recycled – visit our website pages [link to follow] to find out what you can put in your waste and recycling bins.

Take your waste to your Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) in Selby or Tadcaster to get rid of it. We also offer a Bulky Item Collection Service to collect up to five items for £50 (reduced to £37.50 if you're claiming certain benefits).

What do I do if I find fly-tipped waste?

If you find fly-tipping please report it to us - please don't remove letters or other information that could be used as evidence for a prosecution. Don’t touch the waste – it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos or other hazardous substances.

Take note of its location and tell us about it – here.

If you see someone fly-tipping:

Make a note of the day, date and time you saw the tipping and what you saw including how many people where fly-tipping and what they looked like, any vehicles they were using including their make, colour and registration number.

But remember – don’t put yourself at risk.

We will examine all fly-tipped rubbish for evidence and when we find evidence we will take action in line with our enforcement policy.

Fly posting

Fly posters usually advertise events with posters or stickers that are put up without the permission of the property owner. Fly posting is a criminal offence.

You can report fly posting quickly and easily.To help us we will need to know the location of the fly-posting and also any information on what they are advertising.