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What is fly-tipping & the law

Norbury has been facing a growing issue in recent times – fly-tipping. Fly-tipping refers to the unauthorized disposal of trash on lands that do not have permission to accept it. This unlawful activity has detrimental consequences for the environment, community health, and the aesthetics of the area.


Fly-tipping is a pressing concern in Norbury, where both private and public landowners are affected. Property owners can be legally responsible for trash disposal on their premises. Local authorities are tasked with investigating and removing smaller-scale tipping events on public property. However, on privately owned land, the responsibility for garbage removal still lies with the landowners.


Interestingly, the term "fly-tipping" has an intriguing history. It combines the phrase "on the fly," which means "on the move," with the act of tipping something out. This captures the essence of the problem – illegal dumping that is both harmful and disruptive.


Why Do People Fly-Tip?

Fly-tipping often stems from a desire to save money and a lack of awareness of proper disposal methods. Garbage collection fees can be costly, and some believe they can avoid these charges by dumping trash on public roads or private property. However, this behavior has dire consequences for the environment and the community, including potential harm to humans and animals.



The Dangers of Fly-Tipping

Fly-tipping is unlawful for several reasons. It poses risks to human and animal safety, disrupts the local ecosystem, and turns scenic areas into dumping grounds. Additionally, fly-tipped waste can contain toxic chemicals that threaten the environment and public health.


Preventing Fly-Tipping in Norbury


Preventing fly-tipping in Norbury requires community efforts and awareness. Here are some steps residents and property owners can take:

  1. Know your waste and recycling collection times to avoid dumping outside of pickup periods.

  2. Dispose of hazardous waste properly and don't leave it on the street.

  3. Maintain good site management by promptly removing any dumped waste.

  4. Collaborate with neighbors and local businesses to enhance visibility and deter fly-tippers.


Reporting Fly-Tipping in Norbury

Reporting fly-tipping is crucial for addressing the issue. If you encounter fly-tipped waste, follow these steps:

  1. Don't touch the waste as it may be hazardous.

  2. Visual inspection: Examine the waste and take note of its contents and location.

  3. Record details: Document the date, time, individuals or vehicles involved, and weather conditions.

  4. Report fly-tipping immediately to authorities with detailed information. (You can use ''LOVE CLEAN STREETS APP'' https://www.litterfreenorbury.org/post/want-to-report-an-environmental-issue-in-norbury-use-love-clean-streets )

Distinguishing Between Littering and Fly-Tipping

While littering involves small items carelessly disposed of during daily activities, fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of larger objects or significant quantities of garbage. Both actions have legal consequences, and it's essential to differentiate between them.



Fly-tipping in Norbury is a pressing issue that demands collective action and awareness. By understanding the problem, taking preventive measures, and promptly reporting incidents, we can work together to preserve the beauty and integrity of our beloved neighborhood. Norbury deserves to remain litter-free and thriving for generations to come.




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