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We're Targeting Fly-tippers

We've launched a new campaign to encourage you to report fly-tippers.

We've launched a new campaign to encourage you to report fly-tippers.

If you spot someone fly-tipping in Wiltshire, report the offender to us, and as a reward you'll get a gift voucher of up to £200 following the payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice or a successful prosecution. 

We want to put a stop to fly-tipping, and we need your help to catch the culprits to keep your county cleaner, greener and safer. 

Report a fly-tipper.

What should I do when I discover fly-tipping?

  • Do not try to rummage through the waste yourself or disturb the waste, as this could affect the scene and potential formal action. This may also put you in danger as there could be hazardous or sharp items hidden among the waste. Council staff will carry out a thorough examination of the waste as part of their investigation.
  • Do not attempt to confront anyone who is fly-tipping or put yourself in danger in any way. Instead, try to gather as much useful information as you can such as:
    1. Time and date of incident;
    2. Description of person(s) dumping waste;
    3. Description of vehicle(s) involved, including registration numbers; make; model; colour.
    4. Description of the waste dumped;
    5. Photographs and videos can also be very useful, but only if it is possible to obtain them safely.

The more information you are able to provide, the better the chances of an investigation.

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It can be liquid or solid in nature and can vary in scale significantly from a single bin bag of waste to large quantities of waste dumped from trucks.

In Wiltshire, most fly-tip reports are of a commercial nature, where waste is cleared for a fee and then dumped to avoid lawful disposal costs.

As well as blighting our streets, it may cause harm to our environment and spoils the enjoyment of our towns and countryside. It is also a risk to humans, wildlife and farm animals. 

Penalties for offenders include:

  • Unlimited fine and/or five years’ imprisonment (Crown Court).
  • £50,000 fine and /or 12 months’ imprisonment (Magistrates Court).
  • A Fixed Penalty Notice of £400 if they are caught fly-tipping small scale waste.

We need your help to support our campaign to clamp down on illegal behaviour which costs Wiltshire Council more than £180,000 each year.

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Step 1

A fly-tipping issue is reported.

Step 2

The environmental enforcement team investigates the report to gather evidence.

Step 3

The environmental enforcement team will arrange clearance with the council’s contractor.

Step 4

All evidence (physical or witness statements) will be reviewed as to the next steps as part of the investigation. This may be no action or formal action, which can include the issue of a FPN or prosecution.

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  • If you have evidence of fly tipper you can report it here.
  • If we feel that this evidence gives us enough information, we will review and decide a course of formal action. This may include witnesses providing a statement and attending court. Often investigations may take some time, so there may be a delay if a reward is applicable.
  • If a successful formal outcome is achieved, we will let you know and within 14 days your vouchers will be posted to you.
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Yes, it is possible that you may need to attend court if the investigation deems that an offender should be prosecuted. However, this is not normally the case if a fixed penalty notice is paid as this does not require any court action.

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Terms and conditions

  • Do not try to rummage through the waste yourself or disturb the waste as this could affect the scene and potential prosecution. This may also put you in danger as there could be hazardous or sharp items hidden among the waste. Council staff will carry out a thorough examination of the waste as part of their investigation.
  • Do not attempt to confront anyone who is fly-tipping or put yourself in danger in any way. Instead, try to gather as much useful information as you can such as:
    1. Time and date of incident;
    2. Description of person(s) dumping waste;
    3. Description of vehicle(s) involved, including registration numbers;
    4. Description of the waste dumped;
    5. Photographs and videos can also be very useful, but only if it is possible to obtain them safely.

The more information you can provide, the better the chances of an investigation.

  • A reward is not considered if evidence is taken from the scene or just by a witness having physical evidence (an offence must be witnessed).
  • Witnesses must provide a witness statement and attend court if required.
  • Rewards will not be paid to investigations that we decide to not continue with.
  • Rewards will only be paid to cases reported on or after the start date, 28 October 2019.
  • We have the right to cancel the reward scheme at any time without notifying witnesses of open cases.
  • Any information supplied in connection to any such incident is treated in strictest confidence in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • The full terms and conditions of the vouchers apply.
  • The voucher cannot be exchanged for money or any other service.
  • Vouchers will be posted out to the witness once the Enforcement Manager has received confirmation of the FPN being paid or the Court Prosecution has a successful conviction.
  • The reward gift voucher amounts will be paid as follows:
    £100 – After a successful FPN when the fine is paid in full by the offender.
    £100 – After the case goes to court but the witness is not required to attend as a witness.
    £200 – After the case goes to court and the witness is required to go to court.
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Last updated: 25 October 2019 | Last reviewed: 25 October 2019