Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste on any land. You can report fly-tipping in Dorset online.
Simple rules for reporting fly-tipping
Do not remove any evidence found from the fly-tipping location, for example, addressed letters
Be as specific as possible when describing where the incident has occurred
If you see the incident occurring do not approach the persons involved
If you see a person/vehicle involved in an environmental crime take as many details as you can, for example, description of the person or vehicle registration
You may need to provide a witness statement and/or attend court in subsequent legal action
Alternatively, please contact the Dorset Waste Partnership.
Questions about fly-tipping
Who is responsible for removing fly-tipped waste?
If the fly-tipping is on a public highway or public land we will investigate and arrange for the waste to be cleared. We cannot remove waste from privately owned land, as this is the landowner's responsibility.
Who would fly-tip their waste?
The correct disposal of waste requires time and money. Some individuals and companies try to beat the system by disposing of theirs illegally. Criminal groups can often make large profits from activities such as organising illegal fly-tipping. This is why it is important that we prosecute those who commit environmental crimes.
Why does it matter?
Illegally dumping waste can be very harmful to animals and the environment, and can lead to the pollution of land and water courses. Fly-tipping can also harm human health and be detrimental to the quality of life for the people living around such incidents.
Those caught fly-tipping can be prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Every year councils spend a considerable amount of time and money removing this waste from the landscape. We will always try to remove fly-tipping as soon as possible. The site will be investigated for evidence and the appropriate legal action taken.
The cost of clearing up fly-tipping
Flycapture, a government organisation, estimated the cost of clearance and disposal of fly-tipped waste to local authorities in England was over £74 million, for the 12 months between April 2007 and March 2008. If we can trace the persons responsible for fly-tipping we can recover our costs.