Tips for waste removal


Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste.

It’s a crime that damages the environment, risks public health and costs taxpayers to clean up.

Householder responsibilities

You must use a licensed waste carrier to dispose of waste, or take it to a household waste recycling centre (

You must show you took reasonable steps to prevent your waste being fly-tipped. This is called your duty of care.

Using a licensed waste carrier
1. Check if your waste carrier is licensed.

You can do this quickly with their name or licence number at

2. Ask what will happen to your waste. A licensed waste carrier should not object to this.

3. Keep a record of their waste carrier licence number by taking a photo of the licence, or take a screenshot when you check online.

4. Keep a waste transfer note or receipt to say where the waste was collected from, by who, and where it is going.

You could face an unlimited fine if your rubbish is found fly-tipped – even if you didn’t do it yourself.

If convicted at court, the maximum fine is unlimited and you could face 5 years in prison.