The unprecedented COVID-19 situation means that recycling centres are currently closed, therefore people are unable to take large items to their local household recycling centre. However, this does not mean that it’s acceptable to fly-tip: fortunately, there does not at present appear to have been a significant increase in fly-tipping incidents over the past few weeks, but Wiltshire Council wants to further reduce this figure throughout the county.
If you do have excess waste that you would usually take to a household recycling centre, please store it as safely as possible until the centres reopen: please don’t be tempted to use unlicensed waste carriers or make use of any ‘man with a van’ advertisements that you might find on social media.
Remember – fly-tipping is a criminal offence and penalties for offenders include:
- Unlimited fine and/or five years’ imprisonment (Crown Court).
- £50,000 fine and /or 12 months’ imprisonment (Magistrates Court).
You can also be issued a Fixed Penalty Notice of £400 if caught fly-tipping small scale waste.