Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste on land or in water. It includes liquid as well as solid material.  Anybody caught fly-tipping on a small scale can be issued a Fixed Penalty Notices. This gives the offender an opportunity to avoid prosecution by the court, by paying a sum of money (in this case, for up to £400). More serious cases carry fines of up to £50,000 or even imprisonment.

Fly-tipping spoils our enjoyment of our towns and countryside but can also pollute the environment and is harmful to human health and to wildlife. It undermines waste businesses who operate within the law. Problem areas may suffer from a lack of inward investment. It can impact house prices as well as keeping businesses and visitors away.

Householders have a legal responsibility to make sure that the waste from their homes is disposed of properly. Householders can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £300 if they give their waste to somebody who then goes on to dump the material.

Local authorities are responsible for dealing with most types of small-scale fly-tipping on public land. But Natural Resources Wales is responsible if incidents are large in size, involve organised crime, contain hazardous waste or have the potential to harm human health or to cause environmental damage. It is the responsibility of landowners to deal with any fly-tipping on private land.

If you see any fly-tipping, please report it to Fly-tipping Action Wales. If you see a waste crime being committed, you can call the police (non-emergency) or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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