Effects of Fly Tipping on the Environment

Fly-Tipping is the process of dumping waste illegally or disposal of wastes in private or public areas. The waste may be solid, liquid, or gas, any waste that is dumped improperly is considered as fly-tipping. People are tipping the waste without the knowledge of the dangers caused by the waste. Fly-tipping is done from a single waste to the larger tons of wastes by large companies. Many large companies are using this illegal process to dump their wastes in a forest or any private area. Fly-tipping is punishable in the UK, if anyone found that dumping their waste out of the garbage, they could receive a fixed penalty notice from the local authority of about £150 and £400. In this article, we will discuss the effects of fly-tipping on the environment.

Environmental Damages of Fly Tipping

Hazardous Waste Issues

Fly Tipping is not a simple process, it leads to severe damage to people and the environment. Usually, the waste which is dumped illegally will be non-biodegradable and chemicals. The action of chemicals results in soil erosion and pollution and even the chemicals can damage groundwater.

Transmission of Disease

Wastes that are dumped illegally will not be treated and disposed of for many days. This will give birth to many bacteria and viruses and attract more pests. The rodents which stay in the waste dumped area will be coming into your home, this will result in the spreading of diseases from the wastes.

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Social Impacts of Fly Tipping

Fly Tipping Clearance

The wastes which are dumped illegally by an unknown person will react with the landowners and private taxpayers. The clearance of fly-tipped waste will costs from £86 to £186 million every year. This cost includes both investigation and clearance and it will react with the taxpayers and private landowners.

Legal Consequences

In the UK the illegally disposed waste cases were reported at a total of 936,090 in 2016 – 2016, and it has increased up to 4% in the last year. Though they are punished, many of the large businesses cannot be found with the proper evidence. The people who were caught with illegal disposal were fined from £150 to £400 and this is for a single person.


How to Reduce Fly Tipping?

  • People are throwing off their waste without knowing how dangerous they are. Create awareness about the causes of fly-tipping, and about recycling. If you notice anyone with the illegal dumping, collect their information and give it to the desired authorities.
  • If you hire for a professional rubbish removal service, check the legality and permit of their service. Make use of the garbage bins instead of throwing off your waste in the land.


Fly Tipping is an illegal process, but many businessmen are dumping their waste into the landfill and ocean. Their waste will contain more toxins and chemicals and those wastes are more dangerous to the environment. As a businessman, it is your responsibility to take of the environment as your business grows higher. Hire professional services that are legally permitted by the government.