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You face an unlimited fine

if your rubbish is fly-tipped.

What is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It's a crime that damages the environment, risks public health and costs taxpayers to clean up.

Fly-tipping includes:

  • dumping waste on land where there is no waste management licence, including public highways
  • giving your waste to someone else to fly-tip
  • leaving rubbish or waste outside household waste recycling centres
up to £5000 fine

How do I avoid a fine?

It is your duty of care to dispose of your waste correctly. You could be fined an unlimited amount by your local council if your waste ends up fly-tipped, and you cannot show that you took reasonable steps to prevent it.

If convicted at court, the maximum fine is unlimited and you could face 12 months in prison.

You must use a licensed waste carrier, or take your waste to a registered site.

Check if your waste carrier is licensed

  1. Check their waste carrier licence number on the Environment Agency register of waste carriers.
  2. Ask to see their waste carrier licence - it will look like this
  3. Ask what will happen to your waste - a licensed waste carrier should not object to reasonable questions.
  4. Make sure you get a proper invoice and receipt for your waste and keep it as proof.
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Take your waste to a registered site

There are 26 household waste recycling centres in Hampshire. They are open 7 days a week except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Most waste is free to dispose of. There are charges for householders taking soil and rubble (£2.50 per standard rubble sack or item of sanitary ware), asbestos (£12 per sheet) and plasterboard (£10 per sheet / £6 per bag).

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Find your nearest recycling centre

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Collection of bulky waste by local councils:

Most councils will collect things like old sofas, fridges or washing machines for a fee.

Find out about your local council's bulky waste collection service here.

Advice for businesses

Your business is legally responsible for its waste until you recycle or dispose of it. This includes all storage and handling costs. This responsibility is called your 'duty of care'. You must:

You have extra responsibilities if you're dealing with hazardous waste. You face an unlimited fine if your waste ends up fly-tipped and you cannot show that you took reasonable steps to prevent it.

More about business waste and your responsibilities

Action on fly-tipping in Hampshire

The County Council is working in partnership with local city, borough, and district councils, and other organisations including:

Our aim is to reduce fly-tipping through increased prosecutions, improved reporting, and education.

A strategy and action plan. was approved in March 2017.