Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It can be anything from domestic items such as fridges, sofas and mattresses to garden waste, tyres and construction waste. Fly tipping is irresponsible, detrimental to our local environment and can carry a fine of up to £50,000 and/or six months imprisonment.
In Northamptonshire, around 1,000 incidents of flytipping are reported to Councils every month and it is estimated that the clean up bill costs the County in excess of £650,000 a year - a bill that ends up being picked up by householders through Council Tax. The Northamptonshire Waste Partnership is trying to raise awareness about the problem and improve education regarding people's responsibilities when it comes to disposing of waste. Leaflets are available to download:
If you are paying for someone to remove and dispose of your waste, you are still responsible! Please make sure you use a reputable company that has a waste carriers licence. You can check the Environment Agency's register of licenced carriers here.