Merseyside House Clearance
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Dumping waste where it's not allowed, or allowing others to do so, is a criminal offence. You could face very large fines and even be sent to prison. Find out how to avoid fly-tipping and how to report it to your council or the Environment Agency.
What is fly-tipping?
Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste on land that doesn’t have a licence to receive it.
Fly-tipping can be dangerous, it pollutes land and waterways and costs the taxpayer significant amounts of money to clear away. Some people make money by charging to take waste away illegally and then fly-tipping it.
Who is responsible for clearing up fly-tipped waste?
Local authorities and the Environment Agency are responsible for clearing up / investigating fly-tipping on public land. Clearing fly-tipping from private land is the responsibility of the landowner.
Penalties for fly-tipping
Dumping waste illegally is a serious criminal offence that carries a fine of up to £50,000 (unlimited if the case goes to the Crown Court). You could also face a prison sentence of up to five years for fly-tipping. Local councils treat fly-tipping very seriously and will usually prosecute anyone caught.
You could also face the same penalties if:
You could face penalties of up to £5,000 if you don’t check that the house clearance company or person you give waste to:
To find out how to check the house clearance company or person taking your waste, see the ‘How to make sure you don’t fly-tip’ section.
If you find fly-tipped waste
If you discover fly-tipped waste, there are some do's and don'ts:
If you see someone fly-tipping, make a note of:
You should contact your local council to report fly-tipping. Provide as much detail as possible. The link below will take you to your local council website where you can find out more.
Alternatively, you can contact the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60. The Environment Agency deals with fly-tipping incidents if they involve:
How to make sure you don’t fly-tip
You must pass your waste on to a waste carrier registered with the Environment Agency. If you don’t take reasonable steps to do this, you could be prosecuted.
Use a registered waste carrier
Anyone who takes away your waste must be a registered waste carrier. This includes scrap metal merchants, house clearance firms and rag and bone men.
There are some businesses carrying their own waste that don’t need to register until the end of 2013. See ‘Waste carriers: who needs to register?’ for more information.
You can check if a company is licensed to carry waste by:
You can check whether the site your waste is being taken to is licensed by searching the NetRegs waste directory.