Fly-tipping is a crime punishable by fine or imprisonment, a blot on Somerset’s lovely landscape and a potential threat to human health and that of wildlife and domesticated animals through injury or by polluting the environment.
There is no excuse for fly-tipping and we all need to fight it together.
The advice is simple:
- Never fly-tip yourself
- Check that anyone taking waste away for you has the right licence and ask them where the waste will go
- Never pay cash
- Always get a proper receipt and a copy of the “waste transfer note”
- Record names, contact details and information about vehicles
- Take particular care in using social media to get waste removed
You can check they are registered as a ‘waste carrier, broker or dealer’ with the Environment Agency online
Note: “fully licensed” criminals can still fly-tip.
If you see fly-tipping take no risks. Do not touch anything fly-tipped or approach fly-tippers, but when it is safe, please contact your local council customer services at the district council with any details.
This can include:
- the amount fly-tipped
- possible contents from a visual check only
- the location
- time and date
- whether it is in or near water
- information about those who may be responsible, such as vehicle type, colour and registration number
You can report fly-tipping anonymously, but your evidence could be vital to ensure a fly-tipper is caught and convicted, so that levels of fly-tipping are reduced. Just knowing that someone is prepared to give evidence may convince an offender to admit their guilt.
There is no excuse for fly-tipping
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