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Fly tipping

What is Fly Tipping?

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It can vary in scale from a bin bag of rubbish to large quantities of waste dumped from trucks. Roadsides, lay-bys and private land are just some of the areas material is fly-tipped.

Common types of fly-tipped waste are

  • Household waste
  • Large domestic items such as fridges and mattresses
  • Garden waste
  • Commercial waste such as builders rubble, tyres and clinical waste
  • Hazardous waste such as asbestos, medical waste, needles and syringes

Fly-tipping can be a threat to humans and wildlife. It also damages our environment and spoils our enjoyment of the Derbyshire Dales. Those who collect and fly-tip waste are also undermining the reputation of legal operators.

How to Report Fly Tipping

Report it! report an instance of flytipping using our online form.

Please contact us to report any flytipping and help us by providing as much of the following information as possible:

  • The exact location of the flytip
  • An estimate of the number of items
  • A brief description of what has been found
  • Are the needles near where children might play

We will arrange to remove them and dispose of them safely.

We work in partnership with the Environment Agency and together deal with fly tipping. We both have the power to tackle and clean up fly-tipping on public land, including roads and lay-bys. The clearing up of fly-tipping on private land is the responsibility of the landowner.

Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence that carries a fine of up to £50,000 (unlimited if the case goes to the Crown Court). You could also face a prison sentence of up to five years. You could face the same penalties if you allow someone to fly-tip on your land or if a vehicle registered in your name is involved in fly-tipping.

Check the License

If you are disposing of waste you could face penalties up to £5,000 if you don't check that the company or person you give waste to has a licence to carry waste or does not take it to a licensed disposal site. You can check whether a company is licensed to carry waste by searching the Environment Agency Public Register.

Needles and Syringes

We are responsible for keeping the District clean and free of litter. Discarded needles, syringes and other drug related items can sometimes be found in public areas including parks and public conveniences.

These items should be treated as potentially hazardous and we advise the public not to pick them up.

Please contact us to report any discarded needles or syringes. Please help by providing as much of the following information as possible:

  • The exact location of the needles or other drugs items
  • An estimate of the number of items
  • A brief description of what has been found
  • Are the needles near where children might play

We will arrange to remove them and dispose of them safely.

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