Fly Tipping

Leaving items beside street bins, recycling banks and outside closed Household Waste Recycling Centres and charity shops is all fly tipping.

Our Environmental Services department is responsible for removing fly tips from council owned land. Reported fly tips are usually cleared within 7 days. If the fly tip is blocking the highways and causing an obstruction, it is the responsibility of Hertfordshire County Council's Highways department to make the road safe within 24 hours. They can be contacted on 0300 1234 047.

Waste deposited on private land should be cleared by the land owner:

How you can prevent fly tipping?

Everyone has a legal 'duty of care' to ensure your 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. You should always check that a waste carrier is registered with the Environment Agency. Alternatively we offer a bulky waste collection service. For more information about fly tipping read Hertfordshire County Council's information leaflet about fly tipping (pdf).

Report Fly Tipping

If you see fly tipping in action call the Police on 999 and report it as a crime in progress.

You can report fly tipping online.

What are the penalties for fly tipping?

  • The fly tipping of controlled waste is a serious criminal offence which carries a fine of up to £50,000 and/or 5years imprisonment.
  • If the case is very serious and goes to Crown Court an unlimited fine may be imposed and the prison term goes up to 5 years.
  • It is important to realise that there can be offences committed by others before the fly tip, such as permitting the fly tip or causing the fly tip and the sanctions are the same as actually doing the fly tipping, or, if there is vehicle involved, there are offences relating to the controller of the vehicle.
  • Anyone giving waste to a another person for disposal without checking a) whether that person is authorised to carry waste b) where the waste is going, and the waste is subsequently fly tipped will be open to investigation and possible prosecution for causing the fly tipping.

Let’s S.C.R.A.P Fly Tipping

  • Suspect all waste carriers. Don't let them take your rubbish until they provide proof of registration. Note their vehicle's registration plate.
  • Check that a waste carrier is registered with the Environment Agency.
  • Refuse any unexpected offers to have your rubbish taken away.
  • Ask how your rubbish will be disposed of - seek evidence of this.
  • Paperwork must be obtained: a proper invoice, waste transfer note or receipt, including a description of the waste being removed and the waste carrier’s contact details.

We offer a bulky waste collection service.

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's 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.

We offer a Commercial waste collection service and a trade bin service.

Get help complying with the law:

The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group

The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group is a multi-agency taskforce including the Boroughs, Districts and County Council as well as the Police, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire & Rescue, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union and Keep Britain Tidy which have come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly tipping. Visit Hertfordshire County Council's website for more information.

Useful links

Film clip on flytipping

Environment Agency - Waste Carrier Register

DEFRA - Environment

Related pages

Commercial waste service

Contact details

Environmental Services
Stevenage Borough Council
Daneshill House

0800 136661