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Can You Put Waste In Other People's Skips?

Imagine this.

You have a few items you need to dispose of and your next-door neighbour has a skip half full. Should you toss your waste in your neighbour's skip?

No, you shouldn't (without asking their permission first). This can count as "Fly-tipping" which is an illegal activity that can land you in some serious trouble dependent on the amount of waste you need to dispose of. The most serious offences can lead up to fines of £5000 and 12 months in prison.

What is Fly Tipping?

Fly-tipping is the illegal act of dumping waste in an unauthorised area. This causes pollution, animal infestation and general clutter. The most serious offences can receive a fine of £5000 fine and up to 12 months in prison. Fly-tipping your waste into another skip, not your own, not only leads to more money being owned since some skip hire companies to measure the payment based on the weight of the waste inside.

How can I prevent Fly Tipping?

  • Get your neighbours to report fly-tipping to you.

  • Have your skip placed in your driveway or garden.

  • Cover the skip when not being used.

How can I report Fly Tipping?

You can report fly-tipping to your local council or local authority.

Who is responsible for fly-tipping?

The individual who hired the skip is responsible for any waste that's placed in their skip. Unfortunately, if you do not catch whoever is fly-tipping in your skip in the act you will be held responsible for the disposal of that waste. This is why it is best to keep an eye on your skip at all times although if you have a CCTV camera pointed at your skip you will be able to catch whoever is fly-tipping in your skip and get that waste reimbursed to you.


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