Flytipping witness appeal

Published Friday, 22 May 2020

Flytipping witness appeal - Meaford Way

Anyone with important fly-tipping information leading to a successful prosecution could be thanked with a payment of up to £500.

The news follows a full roll-on roll-off skip being recently dumped in Meaford Way, Penge and witnesses are being sought. Investigations are underway although the whole weight of the skip – which was mainly rubble and wood – weighed over 11 tonnes. Anyone with information relating to the fly-tipping incident should report it, in confidence, to the council who may award up to £500 if the criminals are prosecuted.

“This appears to be a highly organised audacious and targeted incident and we will not hesitate to prosecute if we have the evidence. Anyone witnessing the dumping of this large skip or with any useful information should please get in touch at where evidence can be reported confidentially online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We have a range of measures at our disposal including our anti fly-tipping campaign ‘Fly-tippers - we’re watching you’ and we’re doing everything we can to tackle this issue but any help from eagled-eyed members of the public is always appreciated,” said Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement.

Residents are reminded that with the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions and the return to work for many, the waste from their garden or DIY improvements should only be disposed of by an authorised Environment Agency waste carrier. Often unsolicited cold callers are employed who fly-tip the waste preferring to keep all the money for removing it rather than pay legitimate fees at a waste transfer site.

Residents are reminded that they need to properly check the credentials of anyone being employed to remove unwanted items or waste from their home. Legally, any trader responsible for removing waste from a property needs to be a registered Environment Agency waste carrier and hold a valid waste carrier’s licence. Whilst a business can be fined up to £5000 for not registering, householders can also be prosecuted for using an unlicensed waste carrier.

Fly-tipping problems can quickly and easily be reported on the council’s website

Problems can be reported quickly and easily along with photos too. However, in emergencies, when a road is completely blocked for instance, fly-tipping should be reported by phone so that priority attention can be given.

Anyone with more fly-tipping information or other enviro crime evidence should go to to let the council know the details and they could be rewarded with up to £500 as a ‘thank you’


Notes to editors: 

  • The council operates an enviro crime reward scheme with rewards of up to £500 available for information leading to the successful prosecution of offenders.

  • The offence of fly-tipping is set out in section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The maximum penalties for fly-tipping on summary conviction are a £50,000 fine and/or twelve months’ imprisonment. On conviction in a Crown Court the maximum penalties are an unlimited fine and/or five years imprisonment.

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