Swindon's zero tolerance approach to fly-tipping
The latest successes in Swindon
Between 1 January 2021 and 28 February 2023, we handed out 81 fines for fly-tipping in Swindon.
Fly-tipping is not only a criminal offence, it is a blight on our environment and a hazard to local wildlife.
Fly-tipping is also extremely costly to tidy up. On average per annum we spend over £200k both collecting and enforcing fly-tipping, diverting much-needed funds away from other priority areas.
What can people do to help tackle fly-tipping?
There are two really important things residents can do to help tackle fly-tipping in Swindon.
1. Report fly-tipping when you see it
You can report fly-tipping online. If you spot a fly-tipping offence taking place, please do not try and confront the offender or put yourself in danger in any way. Instead, let us know about the incident so that we can take the necessary action.
2. Dispose of your waste responsibly and only hire licensed waste carriers to take your waste away for you
By law, it is your responsibility to make sure your waste is being disposed of safely and legally. You can check for registered waste carriers on the Environment Agency’s website.
If your waste is dumped illegally, the waste could be traced back to you rather than the person who dumped it. You would be held responsible if you have not taken reasonable steps to ensure it is handed over to a legitimate waste carrier.
If you want to get rid of any unwanted large free-standing household items, we offer a bulky waste collection service which can be booked through our website for a fee.
Alternatively you can book a slot at the Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) where you can dispose of a whole range of waste including batteries, carpets and underlay, DIY/hardcore, electrical household products (including fridges and freezers) and general household waste and recycling. For a comprehensive list, visit the HWRC webpage.
What can businesses and organisations do to help tackle fly-tipping?
Businesses have a legal duty to deal responsibly with any waste they produce. This is known as their ‘duty of care’.
It is really important that businesses use reputable organisations to take their waste away for them. You can check for registered waste carriers on the Government’s website.
Further advice for businesses is also available on the National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group website.