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Report fly-tipping/dumped rubbish
Dumped rubbish, or fly-tipping is hazardous, pollutes Medway, looks unsightly and is expensive to clear up. If you have witnessed fly-tipping, report it online now
Fly-tipping is the dumping of rubbish or any unwanted item in
any quantity on any land that is not licensed to accept it.
Fly-tipping can present a hazard to the public, it can pollute the
land and watercourses, looks unsightly and costs the council
tax-payer significant amounts of money to clear it away.
With the introduction of a tax on rubbish which is disposed of
through landfill, incidents of fly-tipping have increased. The
council is responsible for clearing fly-tipping from public areas
under its control and deals with several hundred incidents each
month. Fly-tipping on land which is private is the responsibility
of the land owner or owners who, in certain circumstances, can be
made to clear away the rubbish.
The fines for fly-tipping are substantial and can be up to
£50,000, with a six-month prison sentence. If the case is taken to
Crown Court, the fines can be unlimited and if hazardous waste,
such as asbestos, is dumped, a
prison sentence of up to five years can be imposed. Vehicles used
for fly-tipping can be seized by the police.
Residents or visitors to Medway can report incidents of
fly-tipping to Customer First or by completing the
online form , via the Love Medway website, by
downloading the Love Medway app, available from most mobile phones
app stores, or by text to 07725 202020. If sending a report
in by text remember to write LM at the start of the message
followed by a description of the problem and then the location.
The council needs to know exactly where the fly-tipping is
happening, what the rubbish is and the amount of it. This helps
staff to find out if the land belongs to the council and send the
right vehicle to the right place to clear it away.
Any further information, such as a description of the person
fly-tipping or the registration number of any vehicle that was
involved, makes it possible to trace and prosecute the fly-tippers.
The council may also set up special surveillance in areas which are
If you wish to report someone for flytipping you will be asked
to make a witness statement. This is so the council can take legal
action against the offender.
Remember, householders in Medway can have up to three items of
bulky waste, such as furniture,
collected free of charge at a time.
They may also take their household rubbish to any of the three
household waste sites and
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