Postcode Search

Fly Tipping

Fly tipping is a crime punishable by fine or imprisonment, a blot on the lovely local landscape and a potential threat to human health and that of wildlife and domesticated animals through injury or by polluting the environment.

Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It is illegal to fly tip and anyone caught doing so is liable to prosecution, with fines of up to £50,000 or five years imprisonment. The Council also has the power to issue Fixed Penalty Notices of £400 to anyone responsible for fly tipping. Where waste is dumped from vehicles, the person controlling the use of the vehicle can be prosecuted, even if the driver is not identified.   The police have the power to seize vehicles used for fly tipping, while those profiting from crime can have cash, property and other assets seized.  Sedgemoor District Council treats this problem very seriously and will take action against anyone caught fly tipping waste.

Sedgemoor District Council is responsible for removing illegally dumped waste from public land and roadsides.

However, the removal of illegally dumped waste from private land is the responsibility of the landowner or occupier.

If you discover fly tipped waste

If you discover fly tipped waste, please follow these simple steps:

  • Do not touch: fly tipped waste may be dangerous, as it can contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances.
  • Visually inspect it - try to determine what it is and how much there is.
  • Note the exact location of the waste and whether it is in a ditch or watercourse.
  • Do not disturb the site - there may be evidence that could identify and convict the culprits.
  • Report it to the Council by completing this form:  Report fly tipping

If you witness someone fly tipping

Please try to record the following details

  • registration number, colour, make and model of the vehicle used.
  • description of the person/s fly tipping.
  • any photographic evidence.
  • time, date and location where it happened.

Please do not approach fly tippers as they may be violent.

Make sure your own waste does not get fly tipped

Each individual and business has a duty of care over their waste to make sure it is properly disposed of, even after it has left their home or premises. Failure to take reasonable steps to do this means that you risk prosecution and a fine.

The Council provides a good value collection service for bulky waste items such as fridges, washing machines and unwanted furniture. To arrange a collection, contact the Council on 0300 303 7803.

If you use a contractor to take away any of your waste, it is your responsibility to make sure that they are a Registered Waste Carrier. Ask to see the original licence, not a copy, and ensure you know where your waste will go. You may be held accountable if you give your waste to a non- registered carrier and it is later fly tipped.

You can check online to see if they are registered with the Environment Agency here:  Environment Agency - Register of waste carriers, brokers and dealers or call the agency on 03708 506 506* (Mon-Fri 8am-6pm).

*Calls to 03 numbers cost no more than a national rate call to an 01 or 02 number and must count towards any inclusive minutes in the same way as 01 and 02 calls. These rules apply to calls from any type of line including mobile, BT, other fixed line or payphone.

Further information

To learn more about fighting fly tipping, please see the Somerset Waste Partnership - Fly Tipping page.

To discuss any issues regarding fly tipping with the Council's Enforcement Officer, please contact us using the details below.