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Fly-tipping is dumping rubbish on pavements or on public roads or private land.

Dealing with fly-tipping

We are responsible for removing fly tips from council owned land. Reported fly tips are usually cleared within 7 days.

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

If the fly-tip is blocking highways and causing an obstruction, call Herts County Council's Highways department on 0300 1234 047.

Waste deposited on private land should be cleared by the landowner.

Dangerous Fly-tipping

For serious fly-tipping incidents (for example – pollution risk, hazardous materials) call the Environment Agency 24 hour hotline 0800 807 060.

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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 five years 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 five years.

Allowing fly-tipping is also an offence. Anyone who gives waste to another person for disposal without checking whether that person is authorised to carry waste may be prosecuted.

Business waste disposal

Every business that produces waste in the UK has a legal ‘duty of care'.

  • Manage waste 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.