Flytipping is the “illegal deposit of any waste onto land, i.e. waste tipping or dumped on a site with no licence to accept waste.”
It includes anything from general household waste e.g. fridges, sofas, mattresses, garden waste or from commercial and industrial waste e.g. soils, clinical waste, rubble, tyres.
In accordance with the provisions of The Environmental Protection Act 1990 Sections 34, 35 and 59, ‘fly tipping’ (illegally dumping) waste is illegal. If any person is caught illegally disposing of waste, the maximum penalty for Fly Tipping is £50,000.
What should you do if you discover flytipping?
1. Do not approach anyone flytipping.
2. Visually inspect the waste but do not touch it.
3. Do not disturb the site.
4. Don’t ignore it – report it! Contact us or The Environment Agency on the following numbers:-
Carmarthenshire County Council - 01267 234567
Environment Agency General Enquiry Line – 0845 933 3111
- Environment Agency Emergency Hotline – 0800 80 70 60
You can now report Illegal Tipping / Fly Tipping online by completing our Illegal Tipping / Fly Tipping Form.
Online Fly Tipping Report Form
What can you do to help
If you use a private waste clearance company:
Ask to see their certificate. They must be a registered or exempt waste carrier to take your waste away
Ask the company where they intend to take the waste – it should only be to an authorised site.
- Ask the company for documentary evidence. If you are a business, you must have a Duty of Care Transfer Note
It is important to write down any details as soon as possible - please use the guidance below. You may also be asked to make a statement.
Please record the following details:
1. Day, date, time including the time the tipping stops.
2. Who was with you.
3. What you saw
description of flytippers
what you saw the flytippers do
description of the vehicle used,
- especially: registration number, colour, make & model.
4. Where were you
what kind of view did you have?
how far away were you?
- what was the weather like?
5. Description of the waste tipped
- Appearance i.e. bagged, loose, drummed.
6. Take photographs if possible.
7. Record details of how the waste was subsequently dealt with.
Fly Tipping Legislation
In accordance with the provisions of The Environmental Protection Act 1990 Sections 34, 35 and 59, ‘fly tipping’ (illegally dumping) waste is illegal. If any person is caught illegally disposing of waste, the maximum penalty for Fly Tipping is £20,000. If the case goes to the Crown Court, imprisonment can be up to two years and fines are unlimited (increased sentence of up to five years imprisonment if it's hazardous waste that is illegally dumped).
It is also an offence to permit or authorise fly-tipping on land where a Waste Management licence is not held.
To apply for a Waste Management License, or if you need advice on whether or not you require a licence, please contact your local Environment Agency office on 01269 841523 .
Enforcement of Fly Tipping
We use covert CCTV cameras to capture evidence of people fly tipping. A pilot had been introduced in Carmarthenshire, in partnership with the Environment Agency, that captures fly tippers at work on CCTV.
To assist us in enforcement, if you witness an illegal tipping, please make a note of the registration number of any vehicle(s), the time and date. If the vehicle has a company's details displayed, please also note the name and telephone number of the company - the more information, the better.