Help stop fly-tipping in Surrey

Having work done on your home this summer? Did you know that your construction waste is your responsibility?

Are you having work done on your home this summer? Did you know that your construction waste is your responsibility, even if you pay a company to take it away for you? So it's vital you make sure they don't fly-tip it.

Mike Goodman, Surrey County Council's Cabinet Member for Environment and Planning, said: "Fly-tipping is one of the most common forms of anti-social behaviour; it costs Surrey's councils money to clear up and damages the environment, so it's important we all do what we can to help stamp it out and protect our beautiful countryside."

What can you do?

  • make sure your trader is or uses a registered waste carrier - visit recycleforsurrey.org.uk to find out how to check
  • avoid rogue businesses - be wary of traders and disposal companies that you find online or that knock on your front door. These are common ways fly-tippers target residents
  • if you see fly-tipped material in Surrey report it to your local district or borough council

Residents have a duty of care to ensure their waste is disposed of responsibly, and could be prosecuted if it's found somewhere it shouldn't be.

Fly-tippers can have their vehicle crushed, receive an unlimited fine, unpaid community service, or even a prison sentence. This year one fly-tipper from Staines was ordered to pay £7,800, was given 200 hours unpaid community service and a ten month prison sentence suspended for two years.

For more information about how you can help stop fly-tipping, and to report any fly-tipping you see around Surrey visit recycleforsurrey.org.uk