Environmental guidance for your business in Northern Ireland & Scotland
Fly-tipping is illegally dumping waste.
People convicted of fly-tipping offences can:
You are responsible for the disposal of any material that is fly-tipped on your land. You have a legal duty of care to ensure that the waste is disposed of or recycled at an authorised facility.
If you arrange for the waste to be removed, you must check that the person who removes the fly-tipped waste is a registered waste carrier.
You must complete a waste transfer note before you pass your waste on to someone else, or a consignment note if the waste is hazardous/special waste. You and the waste carrier must both sign the note.
If you discover fly-tipped material on your land, report it:
Do not touch the fly-tipped waste:
If you see anyone fly-tipping waste, take details of their vehicle, including its registration. Be discreet - remember that fly-tippers are doing something illegal and so they are unlikely to welcome people observing them or taking notes or photographs.
Before you arrange to dispose of the fly-tipped waste from your land, check with your local council or your environmental regulator that they have all the evidence they need for any investigation.
Work out why your land is being targeted. You can then make your property less vulnerable.
Install gates and barriers to prevent access. These can be in keeping with the natural environment, eg boulders. Make sure that you do not block a public right of way.
Close gates when not in use and lock them if possible.
Improve visibility so that fly-tippers are not hidden from view. Clear small areas of land or landscaping to reduce hidden corners.
Install or improve lighting.
The Northern Ireland Environment Agency has published a short guide to the duty of care responsibilities including advice and information for waste producers, carriers and those accepting, storing and treating waste.
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