Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish and waste on land that isn’t licensed to receive it, instead of using correct methods of waste management like recycling and general waste collection, or an authorised rubbish tip to dispose of it.
It is our duty to manage our own household items and to get rid of any waste responsibly and in the correct way. It really saddens us to know that household waste accounts for a huge amount of fly-tipped rubbish around the UK and Ireland.
Other common types of fly-tipped waste are large domestic items like fridges, sofas or mattresses; garden waste; and commercial waste such as tyres or rubble or clinical waste.
Why fly-tipping is a problem
There are a number of reasons why fly-tipping is a problem to our communities, including:
- Creates an eyesore
- Causes pollution to land and water
- Potentially dangerous to our health
- Costs a lot of public money to clear away
It’s a criminal offence for a reason, and can carry a very large fine for those that are caught – offenders of fly-tipping can even be sent to prison.
What you can do about fly-tipping
Don’t touch anything
First things first, if you find fly-tipped waste anywhere, it’s important that you don’t touch any of the waste and keep the site undisturbed.
Not only will touching or moving the waste be potentially dangerous to you (as it could contain hazards such as syringes, broken glass, asbestos and toxic materials for example), but it could disturb any evidence that could help identify the offenders.
Before reporting it, try and work out what exactly the pile of waste consists of and how much there is. Then it’s important to make a note of the following:
- Exact location
- Any nearby water sources
If you see someone in the process of fly-tipping, make note – if possible – of how many people were involved, what has been tipped and the details of any vehicles involved.
The more details you manage to remember or note down, the more likely the fly-tippers are to be caught. This means descriptions of their appearance and the make, colour and registration number of their vehicle is extremely valuable information.
Remember, the Environment Agency has the power to seize and dispose of any vehicles that are used for fly-tipping. Vehicles suspected can be stopped, searched and seized on the spot by local authorities. This means any information you have – even if you did not see the driver or those that participated in the act – can make a difference.
Don’t just put up with dumped rubbish – it is illegal and those who do it should be prosecuted. To report any act of fly-tipping, you should go directly to your local council or Environment Agency.
The council will be able to clear fly-tipping waste from any public or council-owned land and catch the offenders. Clearing fly-tipping from private land is the responsibility of the landowner, so it is important that you make your land as secure as possible to avoid any penalties against you.
How to dispose of waste properly
There are a number of ways that you can dispose of waste properly and efficiently, including:
- General waste collection
- Waste disposal sites
At A Plus Skips, we provide a full waste management service for both commercial and domestic customers, offering a range of disposal services – from mini skip hire in Dublin to contracted waste collection and recycling.
Our skips come in a range of sizes – all at a reasonable price – and are ideal for the times a clear-out job is too big for your regular-sized bins or includes larger items.
If you’d like to hear more about our services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
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