Prevent fly-tipping

Find out how to avoid and prevent fly-tipping if you are a householder, landowner or business owner.

You have a legal responsibility, or Duty of Care, to make sure that all waste from your household or business is disposed of correctly.

You could face prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000 if your waste ends up fly-tipped.

Always check your waste is being disposed of by a registered waste carrier, otherwise you risk your waste being fly tipped. Anyone employed to remove waste from your home or business must have an ‘Upper Tier waste’ licence that will start with CBDU. You can check the register of waste carriers on the EA website here.

Report an incident of fly-tipping in Suffolk

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Tip-Off: Stop Fly-tipping in Suffolk


A video by the Suffolk Waste Partnership.

Tip-Off is the Suffolk campaign for preventing fly-tipping.

You help raise awareness by downloading, printing and sharing our leaflet and posters:

The Fly-tipping Partnership Framework outlines best practice guidelines for prevention, reporting, investigation and clearance of fly-tipping.

Who pays for fly-tipping?

We all do. Every year, it costs Council Tax payers around £250,000 to clear waste dumped illegally on public land in Suffolk.

If waste is dumped on private land, landowners have to clear it at their own expense.

Advice for householders, businesses and landowners


To make sure you give your waste to the right person:

  1. Never accept unsolicited offers to have rubbish taken away.

  2. Get more than one quote and expect to pay a reasonable fee.

  3. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.

  4. Ask for details of their waste carrier registration. Anyone employed to remove waste from your home or business must have an ‘Upper Tier waste’ licence that will start with CBDU.

  5. Record the vehicle registration numbers of any vehicle used by a private waste carrier to take your rubbish away.

  6. Ask for a proper invoice and receipt. 


You must give your business waste to either:



You are responsible for clearing any fly-tipping found on private land if you are the one of the following:

  • land manager

  • land occupier

  • owner of the private property

Report fly-tipping to the relevant authority.