It is widely recognised that fly-tipping can be best combated through partnerships between local authorities, other enforcement agencies and the Environment Agency.

The Fly-tipping Partnership Framework outlines best practice for the prevention, reporting, investigation and clearance of fly-tipping. It encourages all those with an interest in reducing fly-tipping e.g. enforcement authorities, residents and landowners, to work together at the local level and provides ideas that can be adapted by such local groups or partnerships to suit their own particular circumstances.

Both local authorities and the Environment Agency have powers to tackle fly-tipping.

Local Authorities are responsible for clearing the waste from Public land only.

The Local Authority may investigate incidents on private land but they have no obligation to clear the waste from private land. This will depend upon the discretion of the Local Authority.

The Environment Agency investigates major illegal fly-tipping incidents if they occur on public or private land. These include:

  • BIG: Large illegal waste sites (greater than 20 tonnes)
  • BAD: Evidence of organised tipping or criminal business practice
  • NASTY: Drummed hazardous waste

The Environment Agency only clears up waste where there is an immediate risk to the environment and human health. They are not funded to clean up all illegally dumped waste on private or public land.

To report a fly-tipping incident please contact the relevant authority.