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Fly-tipping

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish or bulky items on land that is not licensed to receive it or not suitable to dispose of waste on.

Fly tipping

Fly-tipped waste can be found anywhere, such as roadsides, in lay-bys or on private land. Large amounts of waste from construction, demolition and excavation activities are also dumped.

A wide variety of wastes are fly-tipped. These include rubbish as: 

  • large domestic items
  • fridges and mattresses
  • garden waste
  • tyres
  • clinical waste

Fly-tippers can be fined up to £50,000 in Magistrates' Courts, face unlimited fines in higher courts, as well as community punishment orders or prison sentences of up to 5 years.

Who's responsible for clearing fly-tipping

Private estates, land or roads - Private landowners including private rental properties are responsible for their own land and it's clearance of any fly tipping. We will not remove items from private land or privately rented land unless in default of a legal notice.

If a private land owner or renter fails to clear the fly tipping on their land, this can be investigated by the Antisocial Behaviour Investigations Team, land ownership will be confirmed and notice will be served upon the owner that will require clearance of the waste. Wherever possible, evidence will be gathered to show who deposited the waste where, formal actions through the Courts will be taken.

Council housing estates - We will arrange the clearance of the waste with evidence found being passed to Antisocial Behaviour Investigations Team for further investigation and actions through the Courts.

Highways and pavements - We will arrange the clearance of the waste with evidence found being passed to Antisocial Behaviour Investigations Team for further investigation and actions through the Courts.

Public car parks -For rubbish dumped in a Council owned car park. Email: carparks@hillingdon.gov.uk. However any evidence will be passed to Antisocial Behaviour Investigations Team for further investigation and actions through the Courts. 

Other car parks - The landowner will have to remove rubbish in a private owned carpark .

Libraries, schools and other council run establishments - They will be responsible for their own car parks and land. However any evidence will be passed to Antisocial Behaviour Investigations Team for further investigation and actions through the Courts.

Parking bays - This should be dealt with by Management Agent. If rubbish is dumped in a Council parking bay, it will be dealt with by Hillingdon Housing.

Parks and open spaces - We will arrange the clearance of the waste with evidence found being passed to Antisocial Behaviour Investigations Team for further investigation and actions through the Courts.

Natural watercourse or river: Rubbish in water must be reported and removed by the Environment Agency. Call 0800 807060 or email: enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk

Grand Union Canaland towpaths: British Waterways are responsible to removed rubbish. Call 0207 985 7200 or email: Enquiries.london@britishwaterways.co.uk

                         


What you can do to help

So if you see any fly tipping on any land, please report it to us as we will arrange for its removal and we will investigate the person responsible with an aim to seek prosecution.

By reporting such incidents you help the council to take effective action that can stop this kind of activity. Together we can make a difference.

If you wish to report this issue, the following information will be requested:

  • The name and address of the person (s) tipping the waste, if you know it
  • Full descriptions of the incident(s) including the precise locations and any vehicle registration numbers or identifying names or phone numbers
  • Full description of the waste and whether you witnessed it actually being
    dumped
  • Whether you think it is likely to happen again
  • Any police reference numbers, if you have reported the incident to the police
  • How the incident has affected you
Report it

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