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Fly tipping and flyposting

Fly tipping is when rubbish is dumped illegally. This includes household and business waste not disposed of correctly.

Examples of fly tipping of domestic waste include:

  • leaving waste out on the road or pavement, even if outside your house
  • leaving waste in a layby, alleyway, next to communal or public bins
  • leaving waste beside your own or someone else’s bin, even if bagged
  • giving your waste to someone else to dispose of who is not authorised by the Environment Agency to carry it.

Fly tipping is a serious criminal offence. If caught you will receive a Fixed Penalty Notice and can be prosecuted, fined, and even be sent to prison. The police have the power to seize vehicles used for fly tipping. If you allow your car or vehicle to be used for fly tipping, even if you are not driving yourself, you can still be held responsible. 

Flyposting is usually the advertisement of events through the display of material on buildings and street furniture without the consent of the owner.

How to dispose of waste

You have a duty to dispose of your waste responsibly. You should reduce, reuse, recycle or compost your waste where possible.

Dispose of waste through kerbside bin services and bulky waste collection services, or by taking waste to one of our household recycling centres. Some items can be donated at the centres, to be resold by New to you or the contractor at the Christchurch site.

You can use the BCP Tip Check app on Apple and Android devices to avoid busy times. If you are struggling with the amount of waste you are generating, you may be eligible to apply for an extra bin.

You can hire a private company to dispose of waste, but it is your responsibility to check that they are a registered waste carrier on the Environment Agency public register. Make sure to keep invoices and receipts.

Business waste

Waste arising from a commercial activity is classed as business waste. Businesses have a legal responsibility for their waste, from from the date it is produced until it is recycled or disposed of, including all storage and handling stages. This is known as their duty of care

Waste must be disposed of through a registered waste carrier and the appropriate records kept by the business. There are further legal responsibilities for hazardous waste.

We have commercial waste and recycling services and commercial weighbridges for business waste disposal. You can also contact the commercial waste team for help with managing your business waste.

If you are running a waste disposal operation you must check if you need a permit or exemption with the Environment Agency.

New developments

If you are developing a site, consider where waste will be stored and accessed. Our Planning Guidance Note for Bournemouth and Christchurch or our Planning Guidance Note for Poole will provide more information.

How to report fly tipping

Firstly you can check to see if the issue has already been reported using our fly tipping incident map. If it is not on the map then you can report it to us using our online form.

You will be asked to provide information about the location and anything else that may be relevant such as:

  • the day, date, and time
  • whether you witnessed it happening
  • what was tipped
  • how much was tipped
  • if there were any vehicles involved (make, colour, registration number or any company names on the vehicle).
  • if you have any photos of the fly tip.

Please do not touch the waste or confront fly-tippers or put yourself in danger. 

Once we receive your report the information will be passed to officers who will carry out necessary investigations. The waste will be cleared if it is on public land at the earliest opportunity after this, but you will only be contacted if officers require further details.

Investigation and enforcement

We have a robust response to fly tipping and are currently trialling a pilot scheme using an external agency called Waste Investigations Support and Enforcement (WISE) to undertake investigations into both domestic and business waste fly tips. Where sufficient evidence is found officers will trace the perpetrators and where appropriate, issue them with a fixed penalty notice. WISE will also be visiting businesses in the area to ensure they’re disposing and managing their waste correctly.  

Removal of fly tip

We will only remove fly tipping from public land, roads, and lay-bys. If the fly tip is on private land, it is the landowner’s responsibility to remove it however WISE will investigate to try to gather evidence as to who is responsible. You may notice a small delay between reporting the fly tip and its removal whilst investigations are ongoing.

Protecting land from fly tip

If you find that you are the victim of repeated fly tipping, the National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group suggests a number of prevention measures such as installing barriers, improving visibility and lighting, placing appropriate signage, CCTV and clearing away waste quickly.