How to prevent fly tipping

Image showing an example of Fly Tipping

Fly tipping has become an increasing problem in recent years. With increasing regulations around what can be taken to tips and recycling sites, and when these can occur, there has been a growing practice of individuals and companies simply dumping their waste and rubbish wherever they can find to get rid of it.

Particularly prevalent at vacant properties, on construction sites and in rural areas, the practice of fly tipping is not only irresponsible – it is also illegal. Fly tipping can significantly damage the environment and cause huge problems and expense for the owners of the land where the waste is dumped.

As such, there is much to be gained from putting the proper protections in place to prevent fly tipping as much as possible. Thankfully there are many steps that you can take to minimise the risk of it occurring on your land.

Warning signs

Perhaps the first and most effective thing that you could (and should) do to prevent fly tipping on your land is to put up signs warning potential fly tippers that you have protection in place and that they should not be considering tipping here.

Let fly tippers know that what they plan to do is a criminal offense, and those that do it on this land will be prosecuted. This kind of signage acts as a simple deterrent and will keep away the vast majority of fly tippers.

However, some will not be dissuaded by this kind of sign, and so it is unfortunately necessary to put further protections in place.


One very effective but expensive option is to have the area regularly patrolled. Security staff (especially those working with patrol dogs) can not only act as a further deterrent to criminals but can also catch them in the act.

Dogs and their handler teams are very effective, especially on vacant sites. Dogs can be trained to show aggression to trespassers, while being entirely safe to work with for staff and for the general public.

Dogs and patrols can intimidate fly tippers and help to minimise the possibility of it happening to you.

Fencing and barriers

Another great way to stop fly tipping is to simply limit access. If you have a large open site that is left vacant for significant periods of time, it can be considered an easy target for fly tippers. But the solution is actually very simple.

You can put fencing or security barriers up at the site and this can stop fly tippers from being able to access the site at all. If there is a small number of ‘entrance’ areas large enough to get a vehicle through, you can utilise devices such as concrete barriers to stand in the way.

Alternatively, if the site is large, it might be effective to use fencing. Once again, it is important to remember that the equipment does most of its job by deterring potential fly tippers and showing them that you take security seriously.


It could also be a good idea for you to invest in CCTV solutions to help keep your property secure. There are options such as wireless towers that can be easily deployed at vacant properties or construction sites. There are even options that use solar panels rather than requiring mains power, if that is going to be an issue at your site.

Mobile cameras should be placed in a very visible location to show fly tippers that they will be caught on camera should they commit any criminal activity.

At Maltaward, we provide a large range of equipment that is designed for owners of construction sites and vacant properties to minimise the possibility of crimes such as fly tipping. If you would like to learn more about what we can do for you, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with our experienced team today.

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