Fly-tipping has been featured in the news recently, but what exactly does it mean?
Any waste that is dumped at a location without permission or the relevant licence to accept it is classed as fly-tipping. It is a criminal offence and if convicted, carries sentences including imprisonment, substantial fines of up to £50,000 and deprived rights to a vehicle used to commit the offence.
Not only is it detrimental to the environment, but it can also have dangerous and hazardous consequences. Asbestos, for example, carries a heavy gate fee for disposal and is usually found in fly-tipped sites by those attempting to save costs. Hazardous waste can kill surrounding natural habitats or poison local water sources. Even everyday products such as batteries have the capacity to produce life-threatening ailments for humans and animals when incorrectly disposed of.
How does fly-tipping affect businesses?
To transport waste, businesses such as Countrystyle Recycling hold a Waste Carriers License, meaning that the company is legally allowed to carry & transfer waste and it is their duty to compliantly dispose of the waste. However, the waste producer also has a duty to ensure that its waste is compliantly disposed of and is transported under the correct European Waste Catalogue (EWC) Code to locations with appropriate Site Licenses.
It is the law under the Duty of Care Legislation for businesses to have a complete audit trail of its waste to its final destination: be it recycled, recovered into energy, sent to landfill or handled in a specific facility for specialist treatment before processing.
To ensure that your business is fully compliant under the Duty of Care Legislation, Waste Transfer Notes should be left on collection for reference.