Borough Insight

Help prevent fly-tipping

Flytipping3Surrey residents and businesses are being urged to be vigilant when employing traders to dispose of their waste or risk fines of up to £400.

Although a rogue trader may fly-tip the waste, it could still be whoever employs them that is fined. To avoid prosecution, residents and businesses must ensure they use a registered waste carrier and ask them how and where they intend to dispose of waste, get a receipt and avoid traders who knock on doors or advertise on websites like Facebook and Gumtree.

Fly-tippers can face fines of up to £50,000 and imprisonment of up to twelve months if convicted. They are also at risk of being sentenced to unpaid community service or having their vehicle crushed. In January this year, following a successful prosecution by this council, a Mitcham fly-tipper was fined £1,980 after dumping waste on Epsom Common, one of Surrey’s largest nature reserves.

If you see someone fly-tipping, please report it on our website at

To find out how to check if a trader is licensed and for more information on fly-tipping visit


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