In 2018 there were 926 recorded incidents of fly-tipping across our district. Because of the rising number of local fly-tips, we are working with councils across Cambridgeshire to tackle this.
What is fly-tipping?
Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of items.
If your waste is fly tipped by you or by someone else on your behalf, you could face a fixed penalty notice of up to £400.
If you leave items:
- beside street bins and recycling banks
- on the floor of communal bin areas
- outside closed recycling centres and charity shops
This is fly-tipping.
How you can prevent fly-tipping
Everyone has a legal 'duty of care' to ensure their household or business waste is disposed of correctly.
You can be prosecuted even if your waste is fly-tipped by someone else on your behalf.
If it is your waste, it is your responsibility.
Always use a registered waste carrier to provide a skip and / or to collect your rubbish. Check the register of waste carriers on the Environment Agency website.
Follow the SCRAP code, read more about this on RECAP's website.
Fly-tipping is illegal. If you witness someone fly-tipping, call the police on 999 and report it as a crime in progress. All instances of fly-tipping should be reported to us, whether you witnessed the fly-tipping take place or not.
When you report the fly-tipping you must try to include the following:
- Exact location
- Date and time you discovered the fly-tipping
- Details and photos of the items
- Vehicle's registration number and other identifying features such as colour and model
- Description of the fly-tipper(s) and the direction they were travelling
What can you do with your household waste?
- Use your kerbside bin collection. You can view your bin collection dates on our find your bin collection day page.
- Use our Bulky waste collection service - It costs just £30 for us to take away up to 3 items and we recycle as much as possible.
- Use neighbourhood recycling banks or household waste recycling centres.
Is your business disposing of its waste correctly?
Every business that produces waste in the UK has a legal 'duty of care' to:
- manage it properly until it is recycled or disposed of
- always use a registered waste carrier or register to carry your own waste
- keep the correct paperwork for at least two years
Get a quote from our Commercial Waste service
The fine for fly-tipping is £400 but reduced to £300 if paid within 10 days.
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