Residents and businesses are urged to be vigilant when employing traders to dispose of their waste or risk fines of up to £400.
Although a rogue trader may flytip the waste, it could still be whoever employs them that is fined. To avoid prosecution, residents and businesses must ensure they use a registered waste carrier and ask them how and where they intend to dispose of waste, get a receipt and avoid traders who knock on doors or advertise on websites like Facebook and Gumtree.
Flytippers can face fines of up to £50,000 and imprisonment of up to twelve months if convicted. They are also at risk of being sentenced to unpaid community service or having their vehicle crushed.
Residents can help by making sure anyone who collects waste from their home is properly licensed. The Environment Agency has a public register of waste carriers on its website https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers or call 03708 506 506.
To report flytipping in progress call Surrey Police on 999.
In other cases:
• Report it online using the flytipping report form at www.tandridge.gov.uk.
• Call Tandridge District Council in confidence on 01883 722000.
• Call the Environment Agency on 0800 807060 if there is a serious pollution risk or a major incident.
• Report it to Surrey County Council at www.surreycc.gov.uk if the flytip is blocking a road.