AFTA.ORG.UK Anti Fly Tipping Association

Consumers are becoming increasingly worried when it comes to hiring tradesmen who remove ANY type of waste from their premises. They have a good reason to be worried as more and more householders are being traced and prosecuted for not ensuring that the businesses they hired were registered waste carriers. The media and the Environment Agency are keen to highlight these prosecutions to ensure that householders only use licensed operators.

Recent Householder Prosecutions.

Householders prosecuted for hiring Facebook fly-tippers.

Mum prosecuted after man and van fly-tips her rubbish.

In 2016/17 local authorities in England dealt with around 1 million (1,002,000) fly-tipping incidents, a 7% increase from the previous year. The majority of incidents came from household waste, as well as waste from domestic home improvement works such as plumbing, building, gardening and plastering.

Our Primary Aims and Objectives:

  1. Reduce fly-tipping by emphatically raising awareness about the large environmental, social, health, legal and financial impact that fly-tipping has on you personally and on your community.
  2. Reduce fly-tipping by continually encouraging householders to check before hiring any tradesmen that they are both registered to carry their waste with the Environment Agency, and that they engage in and promote good environmental practices.

Did You Know?

The new regulations on the carriage of waste mean that any tradesman who removes any kind of waste from your property (whether it’s their waste or yours) has to hold a Waste Carriers License. This includes house clearance, man and van rubbish removers, cleaning companies, carpet fitters, plumbers, landscape gardeners, scrap metal dealers, skip hire, builders, and more.

If they don’t have a license they cannot dispose of waste legally.

As a householder, under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, you are responsible for what happens to your waste, even after it has left your premises. Only licensed waste carriers are allowed to deposit other people’s waste at approved recycling centres. You could face an unlimited fine if your waste ends up fly-tipped and you cannot show that you took reasonable steps to prevent it.

AFTA Members.

Help us to support legitimate businesses. Fly-tipping is a significant blight on our environment; it’s a source of pollution, a potential danger to human health and a hazard to wildlife. It also undermines legitimate businesses where unscrupulous operators undercut those operating within the law. Our members want you to have total peace of mind, safe in the knowledge that they are fully licensed with the UK Environment Agency and adhere to DEFRAs good practice advice. Our members want to demonstrate their commitment to our environment by supporting what AFTA stands for and adhering to our Code of Practice.

Look for the AFTA Logo.

Only our committed members have full use of the AFTA logo, either on their websites, vehicles, or printed documents, to positively broadcast their ongoing commitment to our environment.