It is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for any person to deposit waste on any land unless there is a permit in force to allow that deposit to take place (ie rubbish must be left at authorised waste disposal facilities).
South Staffordshire District Council have a responsibility to clear fly-tipping from public land. We undertake operations to prevent fly-tipping from taking place and will prosecute people for fly tipping where there is sufficient evidence to do so.
We cannot remove rubbish from private land, however, where appropriate, we will prosecute people for fly tipping on private land in partnership with the landowner.
Offenders can be prosecuted for:
- knowingly causing or permitting fly-tipping
- failing to take “reasonable steps” to prevent their waste from being fly tipped, ie only transferring their waste to an authorised carrier and taking details of the person/business who takes their waste away. You can check if someone holds a waste carrier’s licence here Waste carriers, brokers and dealers (data.gov.uk)
- carrying waste commercially without a licence
- failing to produce waste transport notes upon request
- collecting or dealing in scrap metal without a licence
Report fly-tipping via our Online Form