Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It can vary in scale significantly from a bin bag of household rubbish to large quantities of waste dumped from trucks.
Fly-tipping spoils our outstanding environment and unnecessarily costs the tax payer to clean up.
Fly-tipping is a serious crime and we always look to catch and prosecute those committing it. It is punishable by up to two years imprisonment and up to a £50,000 fine upon conviction.
A wide variety of wastes are fly-tipped. These include:
- household rubbish
- large domestic items e.g. such as fridges and mattresses,
- garden refuse
- dead animals
- clinical waste
We are responsible for the removal of fly-tipping from our property, Devon County Council highways, roads, pavements and lay-bys. We don't remove fly-tipping from private property - this is the responsibility of the landowner. Large scale fly-tippings can be investigated by the Environment Agency or the Police.
Tell us about a fly tipping problem that you have seen in East Devon.
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- Where the incident took place
- Date, day and time you noticed the fly tipping
- A description of what was tipped and the quantity
If you witnessed the fly tipping:
- How many people were involved, what did they do and was a vehicle involved?
- Did anybody else witness the fly tipping? If so, who?
Any personal information which you provide will be held and used by East Devon District Council for the purpose of reporting fly tipping. Your information may also be shared within East Devon District Council for the purposes of carrying out our lawful functions. Otherwise your personal information will not be disclosed to anybody outside East Devon District Council without your permission, unless there is a lawful reason to do so, for example disclosure is necessary for crime prevention or detection purposes. Your information will be held securely and will not be retained for any longer than is necessary. There are a number of rights available to you in relation to our use of your personal information, depending on the reason for processing. Further detail about our use of your personal information can be found in the relevant Privacy Notice which can be accessed here.
We endeavour to investigate and remove the majority of fly tips within 24 hours of them being reported to us. However, some very large or remote fly tips may take us slightly longer.