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Daventry District Council
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Fly-tipping

Fly-tipping

Fly-tipping

  

Fly-tipping of waste is a national problem and blights our streets and countryside. It is an environmental hazard and can cause pollution.  Fly-tipping is also a criminal offence and can result in a fine of up to £50,000 and/or up to five years imprisonment. It also costs the tax payer thousands of pounds every year, as the council is often required to remove and dispose of the waste appropriately.

 

What is fly-tipping?
Why is fly-tipping a problem?
What actions are Daventry District Council taking to address fly-tipping?
How do I report fly-tipping?
How do I dispose of waste that cannot be collected?

 

What is fly-tipping?

 

Fly-tipping is the illegal deposit of waste on land which is not controlled by a waste management licence. Fly-tipping generally consists of large items of rubbish including;

 

  • A single black bag

  • Household waste

  • Large domestic items e.g. fridges and mattresses

  • Garden waste

  • Commercial waste

  • Hazardous waste

 

It is important to remember that all commercially produced waste, including scrap metal, garden and construction waste, should only be moved and disposed off by a properly registered waste carrier. If that waste is subsequently fly-tipped the source of the waste is considered as responsible for that offence as the actual fly-tipper. Please ensure waste is only handed over to a registered waste carrier - businesses who are properly registered will carry the appropriate credentials. If you need to source a properly registered waste carrier the Environment Agency maintain a Register of such businesses which can be found at the following link:

 

https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/index

 

 Why is fly-tipping a problem?

 

  • It is unsightly - fly-tipping is a sign of a neglected neighbourhood and is associated with other crimes.

  • It is illegal - under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 fly-tipping is an offence and offenders can receive up to a £50,000 fine and/or 5 years imprisonment.

  • It is costly to remove - fly-tipping costs local authorities over £44 million to remove every year.

  • It is unsafe - fly-tipping can consist of hazardous or toxic waste and syringes which are dangerous to human and animals. Fly-tipping can attract vermin and other disease spreading pests.

 

What actions are Daventry District Council taking to address fly-tipping?

 

People caught fly-tipping in Daventry District can be instantly fined £400 under new measures by Daventry District Council (DDC).

 

The Council's Environmental Improvement Service is introducing Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) for small-scale instances of fly-tipping to tackle the problem more effectively. Previously offenders could only be prosecuted through the courts, which can be costly, time-consuming and often involve lengthy investigations. The new powers have been introduced under The Unauthorised Deposit of Waste (Fixed Penalties) Regulations 2016. DDC has set its Fixed Penalty Notice for fly-tipping at £400, reduced to £300 if paid within 10 days of the offence.

 

There are currently between 60 and 100 instances of fly-tipping a month in Daventry District. It is hoped that the new FPNs will act as a deterrent to help reduce instances of small-scale fly-tipping. However the Council will continue to pursue court prosecution where offences are serious and it is in the public interest to do so, or when an offender refuses to pay a fixed penalty.

 

The Council employs a designated fly-tipping crew who will aim to remove waste within 24 hours of the initial report (Mon-Fri). We aim to remove all waste found within the district as part of our patrols to ensure all areas of the district are kept clean and free from rubbish.

 

The Council offer a charged bulky waste collection which allows collection for 3 items.  This service is offered to prevent incidences of fly-tipping.  To arrange for a collection please contact the Council using the link below. Alternatively you are able to take your rubbish to the local household recycling centre at Brown's Road, Daventry.   The district also has a recycling centre at Brixworth.

 

Anyone caught fly-tipping risks being prosecuted under the Environment Protection Act 1990. It is illegal to allow someone to dump rubbish on land belonging to you which doesn't have a waste management licence. Anyone caught using a vehicle for fly-tipping can also have their vehicle seized by the police.

 

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How do I report fly-tipping?

 

It is vital that if you see waste illegally dumped or being deposited to report it to the council. You can report fly-tipping on line via Self Service providing us with the following details:


please notewhen logging a fly tipping service request please select the non-ddc resident option if you live outside the Daventry District.

 

  • Date, time and place where it happened;

  • What the waste is or appears to be;

  • Description of the offender;

  • Description of any vehicles involved or the registration number.  

 

Fly-tippers are acting illegally and it's therefore necessary not to:- 

 

  • Approach them;
  • Obstruct them;
  • Touch anything;

 

Alternatively download the Environmental Crime Reporting Booklet, complete it and return it to the Council.  The council contractors employ a designated fly-tipping crew who will aim to remove waste within 24 hours of the initial report (Mon-Fri). We aim to remove all waste found within the district as part of our patrols to ensure all areas of the district are kept clean and free from rubbish.

 

Anyone caught fly-tipping will be prosecuted under the Environment Protection Act 1990. It is illegal to allow someone to dump rubbish on land belonging to you which doesn't have a waste management licence. Anyone caught using a vehicle for fly-tipping can also have their vehicle seized by the police.

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How do I dispose of waste that cannot be collected?

 

Please ensure that you contain all your waste within the bins which are provided to you by the council. By recycling you can reduce the amount of waste you place in your grey bin which is sent for landfill. Further information regarding refuse and recycling can be found here.

The council offer a charged bulky waste collection which allows collection for 3 items. This service is offered to prevent incidences of fly-tipping. To arrange for a collection please contact the Council using the link below. Alternatively you are able to take your rubbish to the local household recycling centre at Browns Road, Daventry.

Alternatively you can arrange for a waste disposal company to remove your household waste but you are responsible for ensuring the carrier has a valid waste carriers licence and will dispose of your waste correctly. Under the Householders Duty of Care Regulations, failure to undertake such checks can result in enforcement action being taken against you.     

 

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