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Fly tipping - enforcement

We treat this problem very seriously and will prosecute anyone caught fly-tipping waste. If you see someone fly tipping, please report it to us.
Cleaning up fly tipped rubish

The fly-tipping of controlled waste is a serious criminal offence which carries a fine of up to 50,000 (unlimited if indicted to the Crown Court) or an offender can even be sent to prison. It is important to realise that it is also an offence to permit fly-tipping.

Fly-tipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles.  In this case the person controlling the use of the vehicle can also be prosecuted, which means that it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable.  The police also have the powers to seize vehicles used for fly-tipping.

If you discover fly-tipped waste after the tippers have left, please follow these simple dos and don'ts:

  • Do not touch the waste: fly-tipped waste can be dangerous - it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances.
  • Visually inspect the waste: try to determine what the waste consists of and how much there is.
  • Take note of its exact location: and also, whether it is in or near water.
  • Do not disturb the site: there may be evidence that could help identify the culprits and lead to their prosecution.

If you see someone fly-tipping:

If possible, please make a note of:

  • the day, date and time you saw the tipping.

What you saw:

  • how many people were fly-tipping and what they looked like
  • what they were actually doing
  • any vehicles involved - their make, colour and registration number

Where were you when you saw the fly-tipping:

  • what kind of view you had
  • how far away you were
  • weather and light conditions

What was tipped:

  • how much?
  • what it looked like

Remember - don't put yourself at risk!

Then use these contact details or the form below to report the incident.

Standard: We will examine all fly-tipped rubbish for evidence, and when the evidence is good enough we will always take action in line with our enforcement policy.

Contact details

South Derbyshire District Council
Environmental Services
Civic Offices
Civic Way
DE11 0AH

Tel: 01283 595 795

Page ref: LGSL 587

South Derbyshire District Council - Fly tipping witness form

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