What is fly-tipping?
Fridges and old furniture dumped by the roadside, bin bags piled up in alleyways, rubbish from a house or shed clearances thrown into the undergrowth – fly-tipping is, unfortunately, becoming a common sight across the country.
Not only does it pose a risk to people and wildlife, damage the environment and spoil our enjoyment of our towns and countryside, it also costs a lot of money to clear up.
Fly-tipping is a criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months’ imprisonment if convicted in a magistrates’ court. This activity is also a breach of tenancy and could lead to an antisocial behaviour order and possible eviction for any Sanctuary resident caught fly-tipping.
It is the responsibility of each resident to ensure rubbish is disposed of in a legal manner. Most councils will arrange to collect larger items like old sofas, fridges or washing machines. You can find out if your council offers this service, as well as reporting any incidents of fly-tipping, by visiting www.gov.uk/report-flytipping.
Further information about the types of antisocial behaviour:
Domestic violence and abuse
County lines and Cuckooing
Harassment and hate crime