Fly-tipping (dumped rubbish)

Fly-tipping is rubbish that is dumped on private/public land. This can be anything from a small bag of rubbish to an unwanted mattress or worn-out settee and includes any commercial or trade waste. Fly-tipping is a crime - help put a stop to it.

Don't forget, if you are a resident and you need to dispose of unwanted household items from your residential property you can visit our Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) 7 days a week, between 9am-5pm, we operate a free e-permit system, so please check if the vehicle you are coming in is allowed to access the sites or needs a permit.

Commercial or trade waste is not accepted at our Household Recycling Centres (HRCs), for more information on your responsibilities in disposing of your commercial/trade waste, check our commercial waste page.

Discounted bulky waste collection

As part of the Pride in Our Community programme we have made a pledge to tackle the issue of fly-tipping. We are now offering discounted bulky waste collections to residents who hold a Telford Loyalty Card (TLC), are 65 years of age or over, or are receiving council tax support/housing benefit.

What happens to fly-tippers?

Offenders can, and will, be prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Anyone found guilty and convicted in a Magistrates Court could face a fine of up to £50,000 and/or 12 months in prison. If convicted in a Crown Court you could face an unlimited fine and/or a jail sentence of up to 5 years.

But that's not all. Did you know that if your rubbish is fly-tipped you could also be prosecuted - even if you didn't dump it or know it was going to be dumped.

To make sure you stay on the right side of the law - and avoid a fine - make some checks on anybody who is going to take your waste and use a registered waste carrier if you've got rubbish that needs removing.

Under the Environment Protection Act 1990 section 34, people must ensure that any waste collected from their home is taken by a registered waste carrier. You could be liable to a fine of up to £5,000 for not doing so.

If you are employing somebody to remove waste from your home you can:

  • ask to see their waste carrier licence registration certificate
  • phone 08708 506 506 and ask for a waste carrier validation check for the person
  • check them out online at the Environmental Agency website.

Last updated: 2.12pm on Friday 6 October 2017

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