Fly-tipping and fly-posting

Fly tipping

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

What is the offence?

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

We investigate every case and if we recover evidence and can identify those responsible formal sanctions are issued. These include 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. 

A range of actions are available to us including prosecution and vehicle seizures. Offenders will also have to pay any costs of the investigation, clean up, vehicle recovery costs and legal fees.

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.

Penalties for fly-tipping

Fly-tipping is an offence under section 33, 34 and 59 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The maximum penalties are:

  • Prosecution at Magistrates Court - Fine £50,000 and/or 12 months in prison
  • Prosecution at Crown Court - Unlimited fine and/or 5 years in prison
  • Seizure of vehicle used for fly-tipping
  • £400 Fixed Penalty Notice for fly-tipping
  • £400 Fixed Penalty Notice for failing to adhere to Householder Duty of Care
  • £300 Fixed Penalty fine for failing to produce Waste Transfer Notes
  • £300 Fixed Penalty fine for failing to produce Waste Carriers Registration Certificate
  • Up to £100 Fixed Penalty Notice for littering offences

Why run the risk?

We offer a Bulky Item Collection Service to collect up to five items for £50 (reduced to £37.50 if you're claiming certain benefits). There are also two Household Waste and Recycling Centres; in Selby and Tadcaster, which are run by North Yorkshire County Council, and a number of smaller recycling sites across the district. 

Legitimate waste disposal companies can be found in classified listings, but you should always check they have a waste carrier's licence they can show you. Find out from the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 or

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

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.