Fly-tipping/Dumping occurs in small volumes and in some locations can increase to cause a significant threat to public health and the environment. The waste materials deposited range from bags of domestic waste, to include bulky items such as washing machines or furniture, and items which can be hazardous to health or the environment including fridges and asbestos.
Action against illegal dumping requires the effort of everyone.
Remember, if your waste is fly-tipped, you are legally responsible for this waste material if you have not given it to a licensed Waste Collector (holds a Waste Collection Permit).
How to combat the problem!
What can you do to make sure your rubbish doesn't end up getting fly tipped/dumped?
- Ensure the person removing your waste has a Waste Collection Permit. Ask to see a copy of their Waste Collection Permit. If you are unsure you can check with us on (057) 9357403.
- If you are using the services of builders, plumbers or electricians ask them where they will be disposing of your waste.
- Reduce the amount of waste you produce, and reuse and recycle as much as possible.
- Ensure the waste you produce is kept secure until it's collected.
- It is best practice to keep a note of the name of your waste collector, telephone number and vehicle registration number so you can pass this on to the enforcing authorities if necessary.
Fly tipping happens at all hours of the day and night.
If you see someone fly-tipping, try to take note of:
- When and where it is happening
- Vehicle registration
- Description of the vehicle - colour, make and model. Is there anything special about it? Does it have an insignia or contact numbers?
- What sort of rubbish is being dumped?
- Report the details to Offaly County Council Environment Section at (057) 9357403
- To report large scale illegal dumping, you can also contact the EPA "Dump the Dumpers Line" on 1850 365 121
Sharing responsibility for tackling illegal dumping