We remove fly-tipping including bagged waste and large loose items. This can include all manner of fly-tipped waste such as trees, rubble, tyres, carpets and suites
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. The Environment Agency work with us to tackle the illegal dumping of waste. Where a really serious crime is being committed, the Environment Agency will get involved and we aim to prosecute.
What is fly-tipping?
Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste on land that does not have a licence to receive it.
Waste might include:
- electrical goods
- building waste
Fly-tipping can be dangerous, pollute land and waterways and costs the tax payer significant amounts of money to clear away.
You can help us to find and prosecute the fly-tippers. If possible, make a note of:
- The day, date and time you saw the tipping.
- How many people were fly-tipping and what they looked like
- What they were actually doing
- Any vehicles involved - their make, colour and registration number
- What was tipped
- Where you were when you saw the fly-tipping
Also, if you were able to take any photos, please send them to us.
Getting rid of your waste legally
Take it to a licensed tip. We have a household waste recycling centre situated off Birmingham Street (A458) in Stourbridge.
Use a registered waste carrier. For example a skip hire company, to remove your household, garden and construction waste. You can check with the Environment Agency to find your nearest licensed site and waste disposal contractor.
As a householder you have a duty of care to make sure your waste is disposed of correctly. You must pass your waste to a registered waste carrier. If you do not take reasonable measures you could face prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000 or imprisonment.
What we are doing about fly-tipping
We are working with the Environment Agency to crack down on waste crime. Together we aim to reduce the amount of environmental damage caused by fly-tipping and the negative impact it gives to residents and visitors to Dudley. The cost of cleaning up fly-tipping across the Midlands costs over £6 million to tax payers every year.
We have received an effective score for dealing with fly-tipping as part of a national performance indicator set by the government.
You've been shamed
Thanks to our new CCTV system we’re always watching for criminals up to no good. Fly-tipping is one of the biggest and most expensive blights on our landscape and the people who dump their rubbish leave the taxpayer out of pocket. With your help we can identify and prosecute law-breakers
Fly-tipping and the law
The fly-tipping of controlled waste is a serious criminal offence. It carries a fine of up to £20,000 (unlimited if indicted to the Crown Court) or an offender can even be sent to prison. It is also an offence to permit fly-tipping.
Fly-tipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles. In this case, the person controlling the use of the vehicle can also be prosecuted. This means it's possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable. The police also have the powers to seize vehicles used for fly-tipping.
A public register of prosecutions is maintained detailing details of prosecutions and formal cautions issued in the last three years. Where serious offences arise or there is a history of non-compliance, consideration will be given to pursuing prosecution or formal caution.
Before we undertake any criminal proceedings in court we have to ensure that the case is in the public interest to prosecute. We may instead offer alleged offenders the opportunity to formally admit their guilt and accept a formal caution.
Householder duty of care
Householders now have a responsibility under the waste Householder Duty of Care to make sure that their rubbish is passed on to someone who is, or works for, a registered waste carrier. If not they can face a fine.
Commercial waste - duty of care
All business in the UK regardless of their size must comply with the Section 34 the Commercial Waste Duty of Care provisions of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.