Are Tougher Penalties Needed For Fly Tipping?

Fly tipping is a blight that afflicts the whole of the United Kingdom. Every year it costs the UK an estimated £86m - £186m every year, including both investigation and cleanup; with the cost falling on both taxpayers and private landowners.

If you discover waste that has been fly tipped onto your land and you require a fly tipping clearance service, please call the BKP Group on 0800 376 5004 Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am and 5pm.

Are Tougher Penalties Needed For Fly Tipping?

According to an article written in the Guardian a few weeks ago, “Illegal dumping has surged by 50% since 2012.” Additionally, the article also states that local councils have been handing out more on-the-spot fines and pursuing prosecutions for fly tipping offences. Additionally, the number of vehicles seized as a result of fly tipping offences jumped last year to a total of 207, some of which were crushed.

With the increase in fly tipping incidents, it’s understandable that people are concerned regarding the penalties for those convicted of fly tipping. Are the penalties for illegally dumping of waste severe enough, do the consequences need to be made more severe?

However, even though the potential penalties are high and were recently increased, “83% of the court-imposed fines in the last six years were below £500” in fact, according to the article only “two people have been given the maximum fine since new guidelines were introduced”.

What Are The Current Legal Consequences Of Fly Tipping?

Fly tipping waste is a serious offence and as such it carries very severe penalties. For example, according to current legislation, if caught in the act of fly tipping, an individual could receive a fixed penalty notice of £150 and £400.

However, this fixed penalty notice is not the most serious consequence available for those convicted of fly tipping. The penalties for this crime are documented in the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 and this legislation states that the criminal offence of fly tipping waste can result in a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months in prison if the person in question is convicted in Magistrates’ Court. However, if the case goes to Crown Court and the person is convicted of fly tipping there, the offence can result in an unlimited fine and a maximum of 5 years in prison.

Why Is Fly Tipping Such A Serious Issue?

Fly tipping comes in many forms, however whilst the underlying causes are mostly unknown, there has been a rise of the “man in a van incident”. This are fly tipping incidents in which an unlicensed waste operator collects waste and illegally disposes of it on land that does not have a license to accept it.

The clearance of fly tipped waste can be very dangerous; after all it can sometimes be difficult to accurately and safely identify different items of waste in an illegal dump. For example, waste could contain a mixture of various different types of waste, including both hazardous and non-hazardous wastes. A dump could be filled with numerous opaque waste bags, and whilst the first few bags could contain non-hazardous waste such as waste paper, the next bag could contain something like clinical waste that requires specialist hazardous waste removal services to dispose of safely.

What Should You Do If You Catch Somebody Fly Tipping?

If you catch somebody in the act of fly tipping waste, it is very important that you do not approach them or put yourself in risk. Instead you should take notes of the waste that is being dumped, the description of the person(s) involved, and details of any vehicles that are involved, for example the vehicle’s registration number. This information, along with the date and time of the fly tipping incident should be passed onto the relevant authorities.

Have You Been The Victim Of Fly Tipping?

Whilst you should inform the Environment Agency of any fly tipped waste on your land, it is important to remember that the Environment Agency has no obligation to remove the illegally dumped waste; as such you may need the assistance of a waste management business that can provide a convenient and cost-effective fly tipping clearance service. So if you have been a victim of fly tipping, after notifying the authorities, you’ll need the assistance of a talented, experienced, and licensed waste management business.

Here at BKP Group, we are renowned for our vast portfolio of services, including various forms of hazardous waste disposal. This includes many dangerous and harmful waste items such as Asbestos, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Disposal (WEEE Waste), chemical waste disposal, liquid waste services, and microbead disposal; making us ideally suited to handle the hazardous and dangerous act of fly tipped waste clearance.

Fly Tipping Removal From BKP Group

Founded in 1964 and driven by a dedicated team from our Romsey transfer station, BKP utilise latest technologies and recognised strategies to provide sustainable solutions in waste management and disposal.

If you’re interested in a fly tipped waste clearance service from a business with over 50 years of industry and innovative expertise working in the waste sector and you would like to request a quote, or if you have any questions or concerns; please don’t hesitate to contact a member of staff by calling 0800 376 5004, Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm. Alternatively, you could contact our team online using one of the following methods.

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