Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and there is never a valid excuse, doing so during a national emergency puts more pressure on already stretched resources and staff. If anyone fly-tips they should expect the full weight of the law.

With many of us being told to stay at home at this time, and to adhere to social isolating rules, many may use this time as an opportunity to carry out DIY projects both indoors and in the garden.

There are a wide range of waste types that could be generated from these projects. Typical types of waste could include empty paint pots, waste timber and green waste.

These projects often generate waste items, so at this challenging time for all of us have a think about:
 
  • If you intend to do the project think about how you are going to deal with any waste items afterwards.
     
  • If you can’t safely store the waste within your property for the time-being, can you hold off doing the project and wait for the facilities to fully operate in the future?
     
  • If you are storing waste until restrictions are lifted, please do so safely. Stored waste can cause all sorts of hazards, especially fires, so please be careful and considerate. Check out advice from the Fire Service and do not burn household waste that can cause toxic fumes.
     
  • Bear in mind all Local Authority Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed for the foreseeable future.
     
  • Throughout this difficult and challenging time, it is still important that you take responsibility for the waste you have and that you carry out your Duty of Care in disposing of your waste items
     
  • Where third party waste removal companies are still allowed to operate please carry out your checks as to whether the operator is a registered waste carrier. More information on the checks you need to carry out can be found on our website, just type in dutyofcare.wales
     
  • 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. The offence can attract an unlimited fine and up to 5 years imprisonment if convicted in a Crown Court. Failure to check someone taking your waste away is registered, can result in an unlimited fine.
     
  • Remember that members of the public have been fined and prosecuted for leaving bags next to bins, household waste recycling centres and charity shops – this is still fly-tipping.
     
Respect your local authority staff who are continuing to work for your local community at such a difficult time. Dumping rubbish could expose the staff who clear and investigate fly-tips to the virus.Information on how waste is to be managed during this period is likely to be updated regularly during this time so please go to your Local Authority website and continue to check our website, Twitter and Facebook pages for guidance and updates.
 
Please see our partner support sheet for free to use resources here. This document contains useful resources for partners to use across their own digital platforms during the coronavirus pandemic to help share advice, guidance, and key messages around fly-tipping and safe waste management with people living in Wales.