Fly-tipping

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It can cause pollution to land and waterway and costs significant amounts of council tax payer’s money to clear away. It can carry a maximum fine of £50,000 or even more if the case goes to Crown Court, and a prison sentence of up to five years.

If you witness fly-tipping please report it through MyAccount.

sign into MyAccount to report fly-tipping

Please let us know:

  1. the time/date of incident
  2. a description of person(s) involved
  3. a description of vehicles involved (registration/colour/make/model)
  4. a description of the waste that’s been left, and
  5. take photos if you can

Most importantly, if you witness someone fly-tipping do not approach the individuals involved and do not do anything that may put yourself in danger.

We try to clear up fly-tipping within two working days of being made aware of it. Where possible we prosecute those responsible, but it may take longer to clear the site while we gather evidence.

If a landowner wants to store waste on their land they need to apply for the relevant permit from the Environment Agency via the Gov.uk website.

Duty of care – householder

All householders have a duty of care to make sure their waste is disposed of legally under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. You must make sure any waste you have collected from your home (apart from your kerbside recycling and waste collections) is legally disposed of. This includes any waste that tradespeople (including gardeners) generate as part of any work you have carried out on your property.

To do this you need to:

  1. check the waste collector has an up to date waste carriers licence (higher tier) or if they are exempt (charities)
  2. ask for waste transfer notes for all waste that they collect from your property

If the waste collector can’t produce either of these documents they may be illegally disposing of your waste and, if found illegally dumped, you may be prosecuted.

Remember SCRAP:

Suspect – if it doesn’t look right it probably isn’t!

Check – ask them for their waste carriers licence number issued by the Environment Agency

Refuse – say no to unsolicited offers

Ask – question where they will take your waste

Paperwork – make sure you get a waste transfer note giving a description of waste and where it will be taken.

Commercial waste collectors should not use our household kerbside collection or recycling centres to dispose of your waste. Any tradesperson who carries out work on your property should dispose of the waste through a commercial service. If they leave the waste for you to dispose of, you must also do them same.

Duty of care – waste collectors

Individuals or businesses who collect waste as part of their commercial activity need to register with the Environment Agency (EA) for a higher tier waste carriers licence and need to be able to produce waste transfer notes (WTNs) for all waste they collect for the preceding two years if asked for by the local authority or the EA.

A WTN template is available via the Gov.uk website. A copy of the WTN should be provided to the individual or business that produced the waste including if this is a householder. Waste collected should not be taken to our recycling centres under any circumstances.

Duty of care – businesses (not waste collectors)

All businesses have duty of care to ensure that any waste produced through their commercial activities is disposed of legally. A business must have a business waste agreement with a legal waste collector and be able to produce waste transfer notes for waste collected. If this is not in place you may be fined and/or prosecuted.

We run a reliable, flexible and cost effective commercial waste service. We collect from as little as one bag a month to as much as several bulk bins multiple times a week. If you would like a quote for this service, or need some advice, email commercialwaste@n-somerset.gov.uk