Fly tipping on estates
Every year around our estates we have to remove hundreds of pieces of furniture and white goods which have been fly tipped.
In Torbay alone our caretakers have been removing 10 items a week on average – over 500 a year and this cost is added to service charges for the estates affected.
In many cases this will be residents dumping unwanted household items as they are left in the bin areas.
When you no longer want to keep an old sofa, cooker, washing machine or fridge, you are responsible for safely disposing of the unwanted, bulky item. You must make sure it doesn't harm the environment or human health. Fly-tipping is illegal. Dumped refrigerators and freezers are hazardous to children or pets who may be harmed or become trapped inside.
Local councils can arrange to collect and dispose safely of bulky household items.
It is free to take the item yourself to the recycling centre or if you have no transport you can arrange to have the item collected by your local council, which may charge you a small fee.
Increasingly we are also seeing obvious cases of fly tipping by non–residents on our sites, with building materials such as roofing felt and rubble being dumped in store bins and in the most recent case two large coolers from a retail or catering premises being left at our estate Snowberry Close in Torquay.
Please let your housing officer or caretakers know if you see any examples of this or know the culprits in this incidence.
If you give your waste to someone else for disposal, you must make sure they are authorised to take it and have a licence.
Some local traders or charities may accept appliances in good working order.
If a local trader offers to collect and dispose of your appliance, you must check they will dispose of it legally.