This Week's 14 Local Fly-Tipping Pictures

In a nutshell, the law says fly-tipping is illegal. But people do it to save money, because they're too lazy to take it to a tip, and because they think they can get away with it.

Everyone needs to play their part, jot down number plates and locations where they see it going on, and REPORT IT via the Fixmystreet app, which sends it onto our local Councils immediately. The following pictures were submitted online via to convey reports of fly-tipping in our local area of South Bedfordshire in just the past few days.

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Fly-tipping is the illegal disposal of household, industrial, commercial or other ‘controlled’ waste. The waste can be liquid or solid.

Fly-tipping is a criminal offence according to Government sources, punishable by a fine of up to £50,000, or 12 months imprisonment if convicted in a Magistrates’ Court. The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court. There are also a number of other possible penalties, including fixed penalty notices and having a vehicle seized. Householders can be fined up to £400 if they pass their waste to an unlicensed waste carrier which is subsequently fly-tipped.

Take care around fly-tipping. If you discover fly-tipped waste after the tippers have left, remember it could be very dangerous, it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances. And do not disturb the site, as there may be evidence that could help identify the culprits and lead to their prosecution.