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Frequently asked questions

Telford and Wrekin Watch is a proactive way of cracking down on environmental crime offenders who cause pollution, create danger and spoil open green spaces maintained by Telford and Wrekin Council for the benefit of residents. 

The project aims to target all environmental crimes including fly tipping, fly posting, graffiti and others, on social media in an attempt to identify those responsible and to secure prosecutions.

Fly tipping is classed as rubbish dumped illegally onto the street, alleyways or on any private or public land.

Residents are encouraged to follow appeals and if possible help identify people in CCTV footage or help with information that might lead to a prosecution.
Witness statements are an important part of the process so if you can identify people on camera then let us know. All information will be treated as confidential.

In the past year there were 5,380 fly tips reported and 122 fixed penalty notices issued and with help from the public we can do more. 

CCTV will provide evidence and along with positive identifications, we have a better chance of securing prosecutions against people who are clearly committing offences.

As a co-operative council, Telford and Wrekin Council is committed to protect, care and invest by working with residents, partners and local organisations in an open and honest way that is best for the community.

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

This table shows the fines.
Type of conviction Cost
Amount of penalty if paid within 10 days £200
Amount of penalty if paid within 28 days £400
Maximum penalty on conviction Unlimited

Anyone found guilty and convicted in a Magistrates or Crown Court could face unlimited fines. Prison sentences vary and may include up to six months in Magistrates or five years in Crown court.

Telford and Wrekin Council has a dedicated enforcement team that investigates environmental crimes from fly tipping, graffiti, illegal parking to fly posting to dog fouling and also anti-social behaviour issues.  The team consists of specialist neighbourhood enforcement officers (NEOs) who work in and around the borough.

Every householder, business and landowner is responsible for the removal of waste at their property. If you're having any work done in your home, office or garden you should budget for responsible waste disposal and look into hiring a licensed waste carrier to transfer the waste from the property. If you or your waste carrier are caught fly-tipping, you can be fined a fixed penalty of £400 or even face prosecution.

When hiring a waste carrier you can:

A legitimate waste carrier will:

  • be registered with the Environment Agency and have a license which can be verified on their website
  • provide a waste transfer note for removal of any waste on request
  • provide details of the site license where the waste is to be disposed
  • provide a receipt of where the waste was taken in the form of an official weight ticket which will identify the disposal site.

Watch the video here on how to find a licensed waste carrier:

We need your help to identify fly tippers and it would be helpful if you could also tell us:

  • the date, time and place where it happened
  • the registration number and description of the fly-tippers' vehicle such as the colour, make and model
  • what the tippers look like
  • what sort of rubbish was being dumped.

View information on the latest crimes to help us identify the people involved View information on the latest crimes, where criminals have been caught and fined

Last updated: 11/01/2022 10:32