I've seen someone fly tipping - what should I do?

Fly-tipping is the illegal disposal of rubbish without a waste management license. Torridge District Council are keen to pursue individuals and companies that are spoiling our beautiful environment through this illegal activity.

It is a serious offence -  punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months in prison, if convicted at a magistrates' court.  At crown court, the fine can be unlimited and prison sentences of up to five years can be imposed.

If you witness someone fly-tipping, please note down as many details of the event as possible and let us know as soon as possible:

  • the date and time that you saw the fly-tippers or discovered the rubbish

  • the exact location (a number of mobile apps can now give you the grid location for your location).

  • details of the items dumped; items, estimated quantity or volume of waste, is it loose or bagged, is there pollution leaking from the waste

  • a detailed description of the person/people dumping the rubbish and their actions

  • details of the fly-tipper's vehicle; note the make, model, colour, registration number and any other distinguishing features such as business name

Remember though - don't put yourself at risk gathering this information.

If you don't witness the tipping but think there may be evidence in the waste that could lead to the identification of its source - leave the waste and contact the Council - we will search the waste and properly secure any evidence found.

Contact the Environmental Protection Team at environmental.protection@torridge.gov.uk or 01237 428700

Further information on flytipping can be found at: