Help fight flytipping – follow the SCRAP code

Posted on: 11 September 2018

Did you know you could be fined and prosecuted for flytipping even if you paid for someone to take your old bathroom suite or broken fridge away?

North Devon Council is reminding householders and businesses they have a duty of care to use registered private waste collectors to ensure their rubbish is disposed of legally – and if waste is found flytipped, they could face a hefty fine.

When using private waste collectors, the advice is to always follow the SCRAP code:

Suspect – beware of rogue waste collectors
Check – ask for their waste carrier registration
Refuse – do not be tempted by unsolicited offers to take your rubbish away
Ask Questions – ask where your rubbish is going
Paperwork – make sure you get a proper receipt listing the rubbish removed and including the carriers’ details.

All private waste collectors must hold a Waste Carrier Licence. Always ask to see their licence and check it is valid on the Environment Agency website or by calling 03708 506 506.

North Devon Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann, says “Flytipping is a criminal offence which costs the council dearly to clear up. Many people don’t realise they are responsible for ensuring their rubbish is disposed of properly. If your waste is found flytipped and we can trace it back to you, you could be the one facing a fine. So follow the SCRAP code and choose a reputable person to dispose of your waste. The cheapest option may end up costing you, and the environment, much more than you’d bargained for.”

If you need to dispose of large items from your home and aren’t able to take them to the tip yourself, you can book a bulky waste collection from North Devon Council for as little as £15. The council can collect certain household and garden items, including furniture and white goods. Check the council’s website for a full list of items and prices at and call 01271 374776 to book a bulky waste collection.

Many items are free to dispose of at your local recycling centre – check Devon County Council’s website for more information.

Flytipping is the latest issue being addressed as part of the council’s Clear Messages campaign, which aims to raise awareness of environmental issues such as littering, flytipping and responsible dog ownership. You can report flytipping online or call 01271 388870.

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