In England, Wales and Scotland the main legislation covering disposal of waste is the Environmental Protection Act 1990 (EPA 1990)
Cleaning up fly-tipped waste costs councils millions of pounds each year. Organisations that suffer these clear up costs are the Forestry Commission and the Highways Agency, as well as other public and private organisations.
Fly tipping undermines legitimate waste management companies who work responsibly to adhere to the letter of the law in disposing of commercial waste. So-called “cowboy” companies that don’t follow the legislation leave themselves open to suffer extremely large fines and in the worst-case scenario a custodial sentence.