Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
- Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- Department of Health
- Environmental Protection Act 1990
- Environment Agency
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Fly tipping is described as the illegal deposit of any waste onto land; waste dumped or tipped on a site without a licence. Waste includes general household waste, larger domestic items including fridges and mattresses, garden refuse, commercial waste such as builders’ rubble, clinical waste and tyres.
The easiest and quickest way to report fly tipping is to download our free mobile app.
When reporting an incident of fly tipping please include:
- the time, day and date you observed the incident
- a description of any individuals and vehicles involved including vehicle colour, type and registration number
- a description of the waste
- do not touch the waste as there may be hidden dangers that could cause you harm
- try and stay upwind of the waste in case of fumes
- do not approach the fly tippers. What they are doing is illegal and their behaviour may be unpredictable
- keep any notes you have made in case they are needed for future reference.
How long it takes to clear up the rubbish
If the rubbish is on land owned by Plymouth City Council, we will remove it as soon as possible after it has been reported to us. If the rubbish is on private land, we have to contact the owner before any action can be taken. We cannot guarantee how long it will take for rubbish on private land to be cleared up.
Prosecution and fines
The Police, the Environment Agency and our Environmental Protection team can prosecute fly tippers.
- Fly tipping is a crime and the Environment Agency can prosecute fly tippers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
- Fines can be up to £20,000 or six months imprisonment (or both) if someone is convicted in a Magistrates court.
- If someone is prosecuted in the Crown Court, the fine is unlimited with the possibility of between two and five years imprisonment if hazardous waste is involved.