SCRAP Fly-tipping

Let's SCRAP fly-tipping

Dispose of your items properly to avoid an unlimited fine

Are you doing the right thing with your waste?

Together let’s #SCRAPflytipping in Norfolk

Image of the question Could You be Fly-tipping? (white text on a black background)

Infographic advising flytipping is the illegal dumping of items, shows fly-tipping can range from a single bag to an entire truck of rubbish. Highlights some fly-tipped items: Sofa, Washing Machine, Fridge or Freezer, Garden waste and Carpets.

If your waste is fly-tipped, by you or by someone else on your behalf, you could face a £300 fixed penalty notice or an UNLIMITED FINE and/or IMPRISONMENT.

Did you know that over 80% of items that are fly-tipped could have been taken to the Recycling Centre for free. See below for options to deal with your waste.

Leaving items:

  • Beside street bins and recycling banks
  • On the floor of communal bin areas
  • Outside closed recycling centres and charity shops

are all fly-tipping.

What Happens if you fly-tip?

image of a car being towed, black on a yellow background     Your vehicle can be seized.

 Image of a report, You can get a criminal record (black on a yellow background)       You can get a criminal record.

Image of money in a hand (black on a yellow background)        You can face an unlimited fine.

image of person behind bars or in prison (black on a yellow background)        You can be imprisoned.

How you can prevent fly-tipping

Image of the phrase Let's Scrap Fly-tipping (Scrap is spelt S.C.R.A.P to emphasise it's an acronym)

Image of the letter S (yellow on a black background) to emphasize the S from SCRAP Suspect all waste carriers. Don’t let them take your rubbish until they provide proof of registration. Note their vehicle’s registration plate.

Image of the letter C (yellow on a black background) to emphasize the C from SCRAP Check that a waste carrier is registered on thEnvironment Agency’s website.

Image of the letter R (yellow on a black background) to emphasize the R from SCRAP Refuse any unexpected offers to have your rubbish taken away.

Image of the letter A (yellow on a black background) to emphasize the A from SCRAP Ask how your rubbish will be disposed of – seek evidence of this.

Image of the letter P (yellow on a black background) to emphasize the P from SCRAP Paperwork must be obtained: a proper invoice, waste transfer note or receipt, including a description of the waste being removed and the waste carrier’s contact details.

We ALL have a legal obligation, or DUTY OF CARE, to ensure our household or business waste is disposed of correctly. The best way to stop organised fly-tipping is to make sure that only authorised waste carriers take your waste away.

What else can you do with waste?

Image of a recycling bin (yellow on a black background)     Use your kerbside bin collection.

Image of a fridge and a washing machine (yellow on a black background)     Use your local council’s bulky waste collection service.

Your district or borough council can collect bulky items directly from your house – visit their website for details.

Image of a box of items to be donated to charity (yellow on a black background)     Sell or donate your unwanted items.

Use social media groups or websites like eBayGumtreeFreegle and Freecycle. Only donate items to charity shops when they’re open.


All businesses have a legal ‘Duty of Care’ to dispose of their waste responsibly. Your business should:

  • Put waste in a container.
  • Transfer waste only to an authorised (licensed) person.
  • Complete a Waste Transfer Note when your waste is remove.
  • Prevent or clear-up street litter caused by your business.
  • If you don’t comply with the legislation you could be held responsible and have to pay a fine. Call the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 find out more, or contact the commercial waste team at your local council.

If you are a waste carrier business then you must ensure you hold an up to date and correct Waste Carriers Licence. Further information can be found here.  We would like Norfolk’s Waste Carriers to complete a short survey about Fly-tipping in Norfolk. The survey should take no longer than five minutes.