What To Do When Someone Has Fly Tipped On Your Private Land

20th April 2018

What To Do When Someone Has Fly Tipped On Your Private Land

When someone has fly tipped on your land, you’ll be understandably angry about it, but you might also be left wondering how you’re supposed to deal with someone else’s waste.

In the last year there were approx. 1 million fly tipping incidents dealt with by the local council. Fly tipping is illegal and a serious offence, so while we’ll try to provide some tips on how to prevent fly tipping at the end of this piece, we’d also like to help you in dealing with the waste.

Here is our guide to dealing with fly tipped waste on your land.

Don’t touch the waste

The first thing you should not do, is touch the waste or move it. Unscrupulous people could have tipped any number of hazardous materials or items and you can risk serious injury if you wade in unprepared. Syringes, glass, oils and chemicals could all be among the fly tipped waste.

Record the incident

If you’ve caught the actual act on camera – great! But if you’re only now discovering it, our advice is to record as much information as you can without digging through it. Try to note the following things where applicable:

  • a rough estimate of the time it was dumped

  • what types of materials you can see

  • where it is located

  • any eyewitness accounts of the act

  • the size of the waste area (tonnes or cubic metres)

Be sure not to attempt to record or apprehend anyone in the act of fly tipping – these people are acting illegally and may respond unpredictably if confronted. Observe from a safe distance and make note of registration plates, vehicle models, the number of people and basic descriptions where it is safe and possible to do so.


While, unfortunately, you’ll be left to find a way of clearing the waste from your land responsibly, you might be able to get advice and assistance from either the Environment Agency or your local authority.

Give over all the details you have to the correct authority in your area and allow them to tackle any investigation. Meanwhile, you should cordon off the waste as best as possible until you have it cleared.

Alternatively, as Fly Tipping is an illegal act you can report this by calling the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Arrange for fly tipping clearance

Whilst the disposal of the waste will be your responsibility, some of the cost may be offset if the culprits can be caught.

When finding a suitable company to take the waste away, you must ensure they have the capability to deal with the waste appropriately, especially if you believe there is hazardous waste present.

If you’re seeking professional fly tipping clearance anywhere in London-look no further than Powerday. We have a full range of vehicles and dedicated staff to help clear your land of illegally dumped waste and we’ll recycle and dispose of the waste in a manner which avoids damage to the environment, leaving the affected area clean and clear. 

Simply contact our team today on 020 8960 4646 to discuss your requirements or to arrange for us to visit your site. Let us know what type of materials have been tipped and roughly how much waste you estimate there to be, we can then advise you on how best to proceed with clearing your land.

Tips for preventing fly tipping

The approximate cost to local authorities for the clearance of fly tipped waste from 2016-2017 was £57.7 million so although we have provided guidance in the disposal of fly tipped waste, the most cost effective is prevention altogether

If you find that your land is being used for illegal waste disposal on a regular basis, you might want to consider some of the following tips:

  • Install barriers or gates – By putting a physical block in place, you’ll prevent any vehicles gaining access your land. Be sure to consider access issues and right of way for anyone you do allow onto your property. While it might cost you initially, it’ll pay off if you don’t have to keep arranging for clearance of fly tipped waste.

  • Keep all areas visible – The less secluded an area is, the less likely it is that someone will tip their waste there. Try to improve the visibility of an area by changing the landscaping, including tree and hedge placement.

  • Install cameras and lights – Again, it might cost you a little, but adding lights to make the area less secluded and hidden will deter fly tippers, as should any kind of CCTV which would put them at risk of being identified at a later date.

  • Enclosed skips – If you’re hiring a skip to have on your property, make sure it’s a lockable, enclosed skip. An open skip is an easy invitation for people to fly tip in and around your skip, hoping someone else will take care of their waste.

For more useful tips regarding the prevention of fly tipping, please read this article issued by the MET police https://www.met.police.uk/crime-prevention/vandalism/fly-tipping-squatters/.

More information about the legislation surrounding fly tipping can be found in the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Section 33. http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1990/43/section/33

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