Coming together to tackle Fly Tipping in Dorset

A Multi-Agency Fly tipping Working Group (DFWG) first met in Dorset in May 2018 with the intention of bringing together partners with an important role to play in tackling incidents across the region.

Fly Tipping

This was followed six weeks later by a Fly tipping Problem Solving Forum (PSF), hosted by Martyn Underhill, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Dorset.

The DFWG met on 9 November 2018 to update the actions agreed at the PSF.

These were:

  • To join together with joint marketing and processes to tackle the issue – to be in place early in the next financial year, following Local Government restructure in May 2019.
  • To recruit a joint co-ordinator post of the work of this group, primarily to publicise responsibilities and duties of the public, alongside enforcement case outcomes. This role will also assist with interagency intelligence sharing – a person and job specification has been developed, anticipated in post by early 2019/20. Advice has been provided by Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, and Hertfordshire fly tipping groups, this has been very helpful.
  • Develop data sharing mapping process via existing data mapping systems in each Dorset Waste Enforcement Responsible Council (DWERC) being ‘overlaid’ by the Dorset For You (Dorset councils’ website) data analysts. This is in progress, they are currently liaising with the four local authority areas, anticipated early in 2019/20.
  • ‘In principle’ to adopt the S.C.R.A.P. fly tipping campaign for the public, established by Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group (FTG). The toolkit has been circulated to the partners to review, before finalising later this month – SCRAP stands for:
    • Suspect all waste carriers; do not let them take your waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate.
    • Check their waste carrier’s registration details, then verify them by searching the Environment Agency (EA) or by calling 03708 506 506.
    • Refuse unsolicited offers to have any rubbish taken away.
    • Ask what exactly is going to happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately.
    • Paperwork should be obtained. Make sure you get a proper invoice, waste transfer note or a receipt for your waste removal – this should give a description of the waste and provide the waste carrier’s contact details.
  • A review of feasibility to increase enforcement opportunities – local EA colleagues have checked and an FPN is a civil sanction and so by its very nature is not a criminal conviction. A FPN is an option open to the Dorset councils in lieu of a person being convicted of an offence.  If they pay the notice amount there is no liability as to the original offence.  Therefore, an FPN issued by the LA or Police would not count as a ‘relevant conviction’ under the test for refusal or a renewal of a Carriers, Brokers and Dealers (CBD) Licence. In progress – the group have agreed that the Dorset councils will share data of all FPNs with the EA to support intelligence gathering – the feasibility of Dorset Police inputting FPN’s on the Police National Computer (PNC), is currently being explored.
  • Dorset Police to promote traffic operations to other partners. Also a data sharing form has been developed with the LAs and DWP – to gather intelligence on illegal waste carriage and to enable enforcement, including vehicle seizure, where officers stop suspect vehicles.
  • Dorset Police will also assist with forensics analysis on key cases of fly tipping, particularly relating to Organised Crime Group activity.


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