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Fly tipping

Fly-tipping or illegally dumped waste is an eyesore and shows a complete lack of respect for the environment. Help us to tackle the problem and find out about responsibilities on householders and businesses.

Fly tipping incidents

Recently reported fly tips can be seen on the below map (updated weekly).

Help us to convict fly tippers

If you witness fly-tipping or have information about fly-tipping please record as much information as possible and contact us. Please follow our advice:

  • Don't confront suspects
  • Provide detailed location of the incident  (address or local landmarks) and description of the rubbish
  • Provide vehicle details - make, model, colour, registration and any features or signs on the vehicle (if you are able to get a photo without putting yourself at risk this will help).
  • Evidence must be neutral to help us secure a conviction so please do not post evidence (such as an address) online 

Contact  Environmental Health  with the information.

Fly-tipping is a criminal offence. A fine of up to £50,000 and/or one year imprisonment applies. Vehicles suspected of being involved can be seized (and destroyed on conviction).

Who clears fly-tipped material?

On council land or a public highway, please contact the Refuse Team.

On private land the land owner is responsible for clearance, but contact us and will visit to see if there is sufficient evidence to investigate. Land owners should consider what they can reasonably do to prevent further tipping on their land, information is available from the National Fly Tipping Prevention Group

Get rid of waste correctly

Beware of rogue waste carriers - reputable companies do not usually make direct approaches.

Before you give waste to someone else, check:

  • Are they an Environment Agency registered waste carrier?
  • Where is the waste is going? A legitimate company should not object to being asked questions.
  • That you get a proper receipt detailing what has been removed, and where it will be going. See that the Company/trader details are included.

If in any doubt as to whether someone is a legitimate waste carrier, do not allow them to take your waste.

Businesses must keep proper records for 2 years or face a fixed penalty notice or prosecution. Contact  us if you need advice about your responsibilities.

Where to take excess household rubbish

Excess household rubbish can be disposed of at the Surrey County Council Community Recycling Centres . For further information about the disposal of commercial waste please contact the Refuse Team.

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