Fly tipping blights our landscape

When rubbish is illegally dumped in quantity it is known as fly tipping. It tends to occur on public land areas such as road verges where people can easily stop, deposit the rubbish and then make a speedy exit without being seen. When this occurs the council will usually come and clear it up as soon as they can but would obviously rather not have the problem. Fly tipping does happen on private land sometimes too and where this occurs it is the responsibility of the unfortunate landowner to clear it or cover the costs to have it cleared. Farms and farmers are particularly vulnerable to this.

Fly tipping can be very expensive and time consuming to clear. If toxic material is present such as chemicals or asbestos then a specialist team of trained people is required to remove it. Building waste is a very common type of fly tipping as is vehicles or vehicle parts, such as tyres. Dumped garden waste is classed as fly tipping too and is extremely common. This can also be heavy and difficult to remove.

Fly tipping is unfortunately a common problem in our Parish of Stratton St Margaret and it blights our landscape. On average our Open Spaces Management Team collects two incidences each week. It has been estimated by the British Government that fly tipping costs the British tax payer more than £50 million each year. We urge people not to do it and to report any incidence of it to us as soon as they see it. Residents of Swindon can take their household waste to the recycling centre at Cheney Manor Industrial Site but are advised to check regulations first on the website.

Call the Stratton Open Spaces (SOS) Management Team on 01793 833432 or email further details to  For more details about SOS Management see our dedicated web pages.