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Fly Tipping


Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish or bulky items on land not licensed to receive it. It can be dangerous to health, it pollutes land and waterways and costs significant amounts of public money, which could be better spent elsewhere, to clear away.

Dumping waste illegally is a serious criminal offence that can carry a very large fine. An offender can even be sent to prison. It is also an offence to allow fly-tipping to take place.
If you dump waste where it is not permitted, or someone you employ to remove waste dumps it where it is not permitted, YOU can be liable.

Fly-tipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles. In this case the person who owns the vehicle can also be prosecuted, which means that it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable.
Dumping or burning waste where it’s not allowed, or allowing others to do so, is a criminal offence. If you see anyone else fly-tipping, you can report this to the local council.

The police and authorised officers of the Department of the Environment also have the powers to stop, search and seize vehicles used or suspected of being used for illegal waste activities, including fly-tipping.

Your local council provides waste disposal sites and recycling centres where you can safely and legally recycle/dispose of unwanted items.

Read more about waste and recycling.