Fly-tipping

Fly-tipping is a blight on our landscape and we work to clear it off public land and prosecute perpetrators. Find out more using the jump to buttons below:

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What is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste on land. The size can vary from one bag of rubbish, a mattress and a bed to several bags of builder's rubble and garden waste. 

Fly tipping is a significant blight on local environments. It can be a source of pollution, a potential danger to public health and a hazard to wildlife. It also undermines legitimate waste businesses where unscrupulous operators undercut those operating within the law. 

As a council, we have responsibility for clearing up fly-tipping on public land. Rubbish dumped on private land is the responsibility of the landowner. 

The Environment Agency also investigates and enforces against the larger, more serious and organised illegal waste crimes. 

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Disposing of your waste 

You can dispose of unwanted items can’t go in your bins at a local household recycling centre

You can ask us to remove larger items from your home for a charge through a bulky waste collection.    

Find out more about the safe disposal of asbestos in Staffordshire.

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Duty of care

All waste that is generated across the district needs to be disposed of properly. Legislation places the responsibility, or ‘duty of care’, on householders and businesses to make sure that any companies they employ to dispose of their waste are registered waste carriers. This will mean they are disposing of rubbish at a registered site, and not dumping it across the district. 

Everyone can help us to keep the district free of litter by making sure they only use properly licensed companies to do work on their behalf. 

So, when employing a gardener, tree surgeon, builder or house clearance company, it’s important to check they are licensed to legally remove your waste. If they cannot produce this paperwork, don’t use them as you may end up becoming a fly-tipper indirectly, and could be fined. 

Questions to ask if using a contractor who will be disposing of your garden waste/rubbish: 

  1. Ask your contractor for their waste carrier number and find out where they are going to dispose of the waste.
  2. Contact the Environment Agency on 0870 8505 506 and ask for a Waste Carrier Validation Check. You can also do this online and select waste carriers from the online Public Registers. The Environment Agency can then confirm whether the contractor is properly registered.
  3. Remember to get a waste transfer note if your waste is being taken away by a contractor.
  4. If the contractor is not registered, you should refuse their services and report them to Lichfield District Council on 01543 308999 or by emailing waste.strategy@lichfielddc.gov.uk  
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Fly-tipping offenders risk prosecution

Fly-tipping waste is a serious criminal offence, carrying a maximum penalty of an unlimited fine or up to five years imprisonment. 

It is also an offence to permit fly-tipping on your land or land that you rent.

Illegally dumping items from vehicles is also classed as fly-tipping. In this case the person controlling the use of the vehicle can be prosecuted. 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.

We treat fly-tipping as a serious offence and will prosecute anyone caught fly-tipping waste.

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Report fly-tipping

Please do not touch fly-tipped waste, as it may be dangerous. We treat fly-tipping as a serious offence and will prosecute anyone caught fly-tipping waste. 

When reporting fly-tipping, please provide the following information: 

  • exact location
  • description of items
  • the approximate size of waste (more or less than three cubic metres - half a standard sized skip) 

Report fly-tipping online or call us on 01543 308999.

We aim to remove items from public land within 24 hours. However, it could take longer if the fly-tipped waste is of the type which needs more operatives or equipment to remove it.


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