How to Prevent Fly-Tipping When you Hire a Skip
Hiring a skip to dispose of large amounts of waste from your home and property can be incredibly helpful, not only is it cost-effective, but it can save a tonne of time when it comes to disposing of the waste. But when you place a skip on your property you’re prone to fly-tipping which is both annoying and can be costly.
What is fly-tipping?
Fly tipping is when someone has, without your permission, dumped their waste in your hired skip. Fly tipping is a huge problem for local councils and can cost taxpayers a lot of money.
Fly tipping is illegal, but that doesn’t stop people from doing it. Plus, it can be dangerous for you, when you don’t know what has been dumped in your skip by strangers.
Fly-tipping in your skip
If someone has fly-tipped in your skip, in the eyes of the law you are responsible for the waste that’s put into your skip, so it’s important that you report any incidents of fly-tipping to your local authority.
Tips to prevent fly tipping
In just one year the approximate cost to local authorities for clearing fly tipping is more than £55 million, so prevention is the best thing for reducing this cost.
If fly tipping is something that concerns you, these are some tips that could help prevent it.
Consider the placement of the skip – Can your skip be placed in a more secure location, such as the back of the house in the garden? Sometimes this isn’t always possible as the skip company needs space to get to and from the skip easily. But if you can, it might be safer to have your skip secured behind your gates.
Install gates or make use of ones you already have – Having this physical block might discourage people from using your skip for their waste. Plus, if your gate goes it’s likely to make a noise which will alert you.
Install a sensor light – Sensor lights can act as a great deterrent, so if you’re worried about people fly-tipping through the night, installing a sensor light over where you place a skip, could be what you need to stop people from doing it in the dark.
Install a camera – If you’re worried about people fly-tipping during the day when you’re not at home, you could install a camera, it could even be a dummy one that’s in plain view. This small device could stop people from wanting to be caught on camera doing something that’s technically illegal.
Hire an enclosed skip – Enclosed skips are the easiest way to prevent fly-tipping because they have a lockable lid. When you have an open skip it’s more likely that people will see this as an invitation to get rid of their waste too.
Keep the area visible – If the area that the skip is place is enclosed and not really visible, it’ll encourage people to fly tip more. If it’s possible, keep the area visible and consider the hedges or trees around the area.
What to do if you’re subject to fly-tipping
The Environment Agency (EA) has a 24-hour helpline where you can report fly-tipping, so make sure that you report it to them.
You can also report it to your local authority who will help with dealing with the matter.