Guide East Devon residents Coronavirus update - 1 May 2020

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4. Don’t let fly tipping spoil East Devon

Even in lockdown fly tipping is a serious crime and everyone is responsible for taking steps to ensure their waste is disposed of correctly. This includes you checking that anyone taking your waste away is a registered carrier.

Fly tipping not only spoils our outstanding environment, but also unnecessarily costs the tax payer to clean up. Even green (garden) waste damages sites by spreading invasive plants and impacting our native plants and wildlife.

During the past two years the Environmental Health service of East Devon District Council has investigated 49 littering and fly tipping cases and issued 25 fixed penalty notices. They have collected £3,460 in fines and £1,263 in clean up reimbursement costs. Our current figures for January to March are only 26 cases up from last year (within seasonal variation), but we are concerned that the figures for April may be higher.

Since February 2020, we’ve introduced an additional fixed penalty fine against householders who fail in their duty of care in respect of how their waste is disposed.

The penalty is exactly the same as it already is for anyone caught actually fly-tipping waste themselves and we will always look to catch and prosecute anyone either caught in the act of fly tipping or using an unlicensed carrier:

  • £200 fine (reduced to £120 if paid within ten days of service of the notice) for small fly tips of 180 litres (a standard wheeled bin) or less.
  • £400 fine (reduced to £200 if paid within ten days of service of the notice) for medium and large fly tips.

You must either pass waste on to the council’s collection service, or take certain waste to recycling centres (when they reopen) or pass it on to registered waste carriers. You must not pass waste on to any person who does not hold a licence.

If unlicensed collectors are used they may fly tip the waste and in these cases, it is you, the householder who remains responsible for it. If the fly tipper cannot be found then the originator of the waste can be issued with a fixed penalty notice.

Householders can check that waste carriers are licensed on the Environment Agency website.

Please tell us about a fly tipping problem that you have seen in East Devon. You can report any incidents of fly tipping either via the East Devon website or on the East Devon app 

Here’s how you can help protect the countryside, our staff and the public while we are in lockdown:

  • Keep waste to a minimum and store it until recycling centres reopen
  • Ensure that if a contractor disposes of waste on your behalf they do so appropriately
  • Report any fly tipping that you see, particularly if you see those responsible or there is evidence present that you can identify them