Fly tipping is the illegal disposal of items onto land with no licence to accept waste. Fly tipping occurs in both urban and rural areas, with hotspots including verges of country lanes, lay-bys and urban gap sites or back alleys.
Different types of waste are fly tipped or ‘dumped’ and can consist of large items of rubbish which should have been disposed of properly (and free of charge for householders) at our Recycling Centres (pdf).
Dumping household, industrial and commercial waste illegally is a serious criminal offence that carries a fine of up to £50,000 (unlimited if the case goes to the High Court) or an offender can even be sent to prison. It is also an offence to permit fly tipping.
Fly tipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles; in this case the person who owns the vehicle can also be prosecuted, which means that it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable. The police also have the powers to seize vehicles used for fly tipping.
Instead of fly tipping, use our Recycling Centres across Moray or book a bulky uplift service from us (white goods are removed free-of-charge).
Why is fly tipping a problem?
- Uncontrolled waste disposal can be hazardous to the public who may come in to contact with it eg chemical wastes, electrical items, syringes
- Environmental damage can result from illegally dumped waste
- Fly tipping looks unsightly which can have a detrimental effect on the appeal of an area or can harm investment into an area
Cleaning up fly tipping costs council tax payers’ money. Currently Scottish local authorities spend in excess of £8.9 million each year clearing up instances of illegally dumped waste, not to mention the costs incurred by private land owners. For the year 2017 fly tipping cost Moray residents over £10,000.
If you discover fly tipped waste
- touch the waste - it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances.
- disturb the site; there may be evidence that could help identify the fly tippers and lead to their prosecution.
- visually try to work out what the waste consists of and how much there is.
- make a note of the day, date and time you saw the tipping, its exact location and whether it is in or near water.
If you see someone fly tipping
Make a note of:
- how many people are involved and what they look like.
- what has been tipped - how much and what it looks like.
- details of any vehicles involved including make, colour and registration number if possible.
In Scotland, the main legislation concerning fly tipping is the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA 1990), as amended. The Scottish Flytipping Forum was established with all of the key stakeholders who are affected by fly tipping and the organisations responsible for the investigation and disposal of many fly tipping incidents.
The work of the Forum includes:
- Development of a national database of fly tipping incidents
- Directing the national awareness campaign
- Provision of best practice guidance
- Training for local authority enforcement officers
The Forum is hosted and chaired by Keep Scotland Beautiful, and members are listed below: