Fly Tipping

Fly tipping is the act of disposing of waste illegally. Most of the time this is done at the side of the road or down a ditch, and it can include any type of rubbish, including metals and WEEE waste.

Most people seem enraged by such an act, but not everyone. In fact, there are people out there who dump their waste illegally on a regular basis, whether it is for financial gain or because they simply cannot be bothered disposing of it in the legally and ethically correct way.

In the news recently, serial fly-tipper Richard Weston was caught red-handed as he dumped an old washing machine on the side of the road. Not only does this create an eyesore for passers-by, but also an old piece of machinery is a huge safety hazard for wildlife or for humans walking along the side of the road. Weston was fined £1,200 for his crime.

Fly tipping is highly illegal. In fact, local authorities dealt with 900 thousand incidents of fly tipping in 2014/2015 alone. Police take it very seriously, and fly tipping laws are a force to reckoned with.

So why is fly tipping bad? Aside from the obvious reasons like a threat to wildlife and humans, it’s also a massive drain on the economy – fly tipping costs landowners and taxpayers an estimated £100 million each year to clean up, as well as costing the local authorities a whopping £44 million.

But it’s not just the general public who are knowingly dumping their waste illegally. In fact, a lot of fly tipping is done by illegal waste carriers who claim to be disposing of their customer’s waste safely and legally.

How can you make sure that you are dealing with a trusted waste carrier? All legal waste carriers will have a waste carrier number, so you should ask them for that. If this isn’t possible, then simply contact the Environment Agency on 08708 506 506 and ask for a Waste Carrier Validation.


Here at Maxilead, we offer commercial skip hire to cater to the needs of companies looking to expose of large amounts of metal waste. These can be delivered and collected anywhere in the UK.


Our skips can be used for low and high volume metal waste disposal, oversized pieces of metal, moving heavy machinery, high quality grades of metal, safe and secure containment, scrap battery containment and internal storage.


If you would like to order a skip for your metal, contact us today.

Tue, 23 March 2021

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