Illegal Waste Dumping


We've launched a campaign encouraging the public and waste industry to speak up anonymously about illegal waste dumped on the streets and in streams and rivers. This includes the illegal burning/combustion of waste in public places. Offenders are using public places, including abandoned houses and plots, to illegally dispose of large quantities of waste. Illegal dumping is a danger to life and health, can devastate the local environment, disrupts the lives of residents and rural communities, and costs the local economy. The campaign aims to tackle the increase in offenders using public spots by asking the public to spot the signs and contact us anonymously, as an independent charity. If you have information on illegal waste dumping, you can contact us free and anonymously via our quick and easy online form, right here on our website - safe in the knowledge that no-one will ever know. Click Here

Waste industry operators can also play their part by speaking up anonymously about other operators who are putting profits ahead of the public’s health and environmental protection. Waste criminals are elusive and hard to identify as they typically pose as legitimate businesses. They operate across cities and the countryside, offering to remove waste cheaply and then dumping it in abandoned plots, in streams, rivers, or on the streets. More often than not, they resort to burning the piles of waste in public, resulting in gross health hazards to those living in the vicinity. Typically, this is waste that would otherwise be difficult to process or recycle. The costs of illegal dumping incidents are significant and will vary depending upon the scale and types of wastes found. It would not be unusual for an incident to cost in excess of $1 million when the costs of clean-up, disposal, building repairs or demolition and public services are considered, alongside the corresponding landfill tax and waste management fees. This is a crime that can potentially harm us all, whether we live in the city or countryside. We urge anyone who has information about the perpetrators of this crime to contact us 100% anonymously.

If you have any information about someone involved in illegal waste dumping, please contact HITA anonymously via the non-traceable anonymous online form on our website. Click Here

The reality is that illegal stockpiling is on the rise and often on an industrial scale. It’s imperative that landowners carry out proper checks on prospective tenants and stay vigilant for suspected criminal activity, as ultimately the burden and cost of clearing waste falls on the owner. Reporting suspicious activity to HITA will not only help us to identify and take firm action against those responsible, it will allow us map the scale of waste crime and ensure that we protect our communities from the impact of environmental damage and social blight, which illegal dumping can cause.


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