Desk of Call A Van, 10 October 2016. Source the Environment Agency.
HOUSEHOLDERS, BUSINESSES, ORGANISATIONS “DUTY OF CARE”
Fly-tipping is costing the taxpayer in excess of £50m a year 2014-15 to clear rubbish from public land. However, these figures do not include any fly-tipping incidents on private land as farmers and landowners are legally obliged to clear those themselves and pay for the costs out of their own pocket.
According to the Country Land and Business Association, dealing with fly-tipped waste on farmland is estimated to cost the farming.
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or up to five years' imprisonment.
From May 2016, councils in England were given the power to issue fixed penalty notices between £150 and £400 for "small-scale" offences.
Littering also costs the taxpayer between £717m and £850m a year to tidy up.
Desk of Call A Van, 03 November 2016. Source Buckinghamshire County Council.
USING A TRADER TO REMOVE HOUSEHOLD WASTE
If someone is taking your waste away, whether from building work, gardening or just general household rubbish, you need to make sure they will deal with the waste responsibly.
All householders have a duty of care for their waste and must do all that is reasonable to ensure that the waste carrier is properly authorised to take the waste away. This could be checking a company’s carrier certificate or checking their waste carrier registration with the Environment Agency.
Sometimes even registered waste carriers may dump waste illegally, so we would always recommend taking down and keeping safe the registration number of the vehicle(s) making the collection and making sure any payment is recorded. Such as using credit/debit cards. Cash payment may seem cheap and convenient at the time. But, it also allows the waste carrier a greater anonymity.
The Waste Partnership’s policy is to back the householder as a potential witness where we find their waste dumped illegally, but if your waste is found fly-tipped and you haven't checked the carrier's credentials. It’s you that could be fined up to £5,000, be liable to imprisonment and have a criminal record as well.
Desk of Call A Van, 12 July 2017. Source News Locker.
‘CAMPAIGN OF CRIMINAL FLY- TIPPING’ LANDS MAN WITH BILL FOR MORE THAN £4,000.
A man has been fined more than £4,000 for a series of fly-tipping incidents across two counties, including three in Aylesbury Vale. J*** J***** K*****, of Fullers Court in Letchworth Garden City in Hertfordshire, was found guilty by magistrates earlier this week of two offences of fly-tipping and four offences of failure in duty of care regarding waste he had produced.