Flytipping is the illegal deposit of any waste onto land, eg. waste dumped or tipped in a place with no licence to accept it. This can be both on public or private land.
Do not search the fly tip yourself as it may contain items which may be hazardous and it may also contaminate any evidence contained within the fly tip.
When reporting fly-tipping we suggest you download the What3Words app; this means we can now respond to exact locations in very rural areas or in a town environment to find the issue to be dealt with.
The app helps us to find the exact location of the fly-tip by giving small areas 3 unique words. When giving details of the location in our online form, please use the 3 words generated by the app in the location details box.
All the emergency services in Devon and Cornwall are now also using the app as a back up to their other location finding systems, so you may find the app useful in future too.
The fixed penalty for flytipping is £400.
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When reporting flytipping, any of the following information you can supply would be helpful:
- a description of the person flytipping
- the date and time the flytipping was seen, including the time the offence started and finished
- details of where you were at the time
- details of any other witnesses with you
- a description (make, colour, markings) and registration number of any vehicle involved
Where the team discover evidence which leads to an individual, an investigation will be initiated with a view to taking formal action. This may be the serving of a fixed penalty notice or prosecuting those responsible.